Youngest  Brit to Climb Kilimanjaro Raises 165 Smiles!

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George & his father David at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

On Saturday 17th July 2010 at 6.50am, 13-year-old George Forbes-Nixon reached Mount Kilimanjaro’s 19,340 feet (5,895 metres) with his father David to raise much needed funds for Operation Smile and change the lives of over 165 children forever. They begun their final ascent at midnight from Barafu camp (4,600m) and walked non-stop for 17 hours (7 hours up to Uhuru Peak and then 10 hours down to the bottom of the mountain at 1,800m). George is believed to be one the youngest British children ever to have successfully reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the World.

George and David have raised over £25,000 Operation Smile and which will change the lives of more than 165 children who suffer from cleft lips and cleft palates.

As a Trustee of Operation Smile UK and Chairman & CEO of Alcentra, Forbes-Nixon has witnessed firsthand Operation Smile’s work. “The difference a cleft operation makes to a child’s life is enormous and it was wonderful that George was able to help other children of a similar age to him. It has been fantastic completing this challenge with George and I am extremely proud of what he has achieved as a 13 year old”. The Forbes-Nixons are donating 100% of the proceeds raised to pay for an Operation Smile Medical Project in Kenya in 2011.

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“Every child that has a facial deformity is our responsibility. If we don’t take care of that child, there’s no guarantee that anyone else will.”

- Kathy Magee, Operation Smile Co-founder and President