Dezign Fanatics promotes itself as ethical design agency working with a wide variety of socially driven organisations. Recently Creative Director, Khalid Raza, decided to go a few steps further (literally), and undertake a difficult long distance trek to Everest (Base Camp) in order to raise funds for Islamic Relief.
The trek which took place in December 2008 consisted of 14 volunteers walking for 12 days at high altitude to reach Everest Base Camp (5600 meters). Each days walk varied from 5 to 9 hours. The difficulty was reflected when two member fell ill and had to be lifted out of the area by helicopter. The team stayed in basic lodges, and at the top were faced with oxygen levels of only 40% and minus zero temperatures.
It was however all worth the effort with the groups total fund-raising reaching over 100k. Most the funds will go towards clean water and adequate sanitation projects to prevent 2.2 million children dying every year from not having access to clean or adequate sanitation. Khalid Raza commented – “what we had to endure was only a fraction of what the most vulnerable people have to go through on a daily basis. In the next three minutes alone 10 children will die from dirty water which carries deadly diseases like cholera and dysentery, simple because they have nothing else to drink. These situations are intolerable and it’s not right.”
So what’s next for Khalid? “Not sure, but it will have to be something special to beat this – maybe climb Everest (joking)”.