by JENNY MONROE
LISBURN man leaves next week to climb the highest mountain in
North Africa in a bid to raise money for a local Scout group.
Roger Duncan, 32, hopes to climb Jebel
Toubkal in Morocco with his friend Simon Ball from Portglenone.
The men, who are keen climbers, aim to reach
the summit on March 19.
Roger, who works at the Lisburn Campus of the
South Eastern Regional College said he regularly goes climbing
with Simon but this is the first time they will have climbed to
"My wife runs the Squirrels section at the
Scout Hall in Hillsborough which has been in regular use for
many years now. To ensure the Scouting Movement in Hillsborough
goes from strength to strength, they require a new hall to be
built on their current site. As you are aware, this will not be
cheap, and I am raising donations to help the Scouting Movement
and ultimately the Scouts in Hillsborough.
"Simon has also chosen to help raise money in
aid of Autism."
Roger, who has two young boys, is looking
forward to the expedition.
He said: "We are climbing unsupported,
lugging not only ourselves but all kit without the aid of
porters or mules.
"We hadn't intended making it this difficult,
but we couldn't find a travel company to take us up in winter,
mules don't 'do' ice and these are the only dates that suited
both of us.
"We are making all arrangements and funding
the trip costs personally, so all money donated goes straight to
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