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Capco Kilimanjaro Challenge

Robert Akam or Joe Eldridge 020 7400 4480 or email or
International team tackles summit to raise money for charity

Employees of Capco, the global business and technology consultancy dedicated solely to the financial services industry, climbed Africa’s tallest mountain to raise money for leading international development charity VSO. The 12 staff members from five different countries, including the UK’s Ian Holden and Orla Martin, made the trip from 16 to 27 January 2011.

Before beginning their ascent, the trek team spent a day at a VSO-supported project in Nairobi. The organisation visited, The Autism Society of Kenya, works to support and empower people living with autism in Kenya.

Following this inspirational experience, the team began their seven day journey which saw them venturing through five different ecosystems, dealing with the effects of altitude and sleeping in freezing temperatures before they reached Kilimanjaro’s peak.

Orla Martin, Capco, said:

"Climbing Kilimanjaro with my colleagues from across Europe was one of the best experiences of my life. It was one of the most gruelling challenges I have ever undertaken but reaching Uhuru Point on Monday 25th January at 8.30am brought with it a wonderful sense of achievement, made all the more meaningful by the fact that we raised almost £40,000for VSO.

"To have undertaken this challenge with such a great group of people reminds me how fortunate we are at Capco that we can take a group of strangers from offices all over Europe, put them together on a mountain for one week and what results is the formation of firm friendships and pan-European collaboration on everything from IP to ski trips!

"I feel very fortunate to have been in a position to support VSO and the wonderful work they do in international development by undertaking one of the toughest challenges of my life.VSO is such a worthwhile charity and the climb was a great way to raise money for this cause. While we were in Africa we had the opportunity to visit one of their local projects and had the chance to see first-hand the fantastic work they are doing."

Capco has currently raised close to £40,000 for VSO. These funds will help VSO continue its work in 44 of the world’s poorest countries, where its volunteers are working to make a lasting contribution in the fight against poverty.

The Capco Kilimanjaro Challenge 2011 is just one of a number of community activities that Capco staff take part in. Employees are encouraged to get involved – through charity runs, recycling initiatives, donation of used computers and clothing to good causes and carbon offsetting schemes, among others.

About Capco
Capco, a global business and technology consultancy dedicated solely to the financial services industry. Our professionals combine innovative thinking with our unrivalled first-hand industry knowledge to offer our clients consulting expertise, complex technology and package integration, and managed services to move their organisations forward.

Through our collaborative and efficient approach, we help our clients successfully increase revenue, manage risk and regulatory change, reduce costs and enhance control. We specialise in banking; capital markets; wealth and investment management; finance, risk & compliance; and technology. We serve our clients from offices in leading financial centres across North America and Europe. To learn more, visit our web site at and subscribe to Capco's newsroom RSS feed.

About VSO
VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries.

VSO's high-impact approach involves bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action, and change lives to make the world a fairer place for all. To learn more, visit the VSO web site at