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Climbers for Freedom top Everest

A team of fundraisers climbed the 29,000 ft height of Mount Everest on a climbing wall - breaking a record while raising cash to help modern-day slaves.<br><br>Saturday's event at The Olympic Club, in Dundonald Street, was organised to raise money for the international anti-slavery coalition Stop the Traffik.<br><br>Information from the charity was on display detailing the plight of more than 12 million victims of human trafficking across the globe, including those trapped in the sex industry, child labour and forced marriages.

A team of fundraisers climbed the 29,000 ft height of Mount Everest on a climbing wall — breaking a record while raising cash to help modern-day slaves.Saturday's event at The Olympic Club, in Dundonald Street, was organised to raise money for the international anti-slavery coalition Stop the Traffik.Information from the charity was on display detailing the plight of more than 12 million victims of human trafficking across the globe, including those trapped in the sex industry, child labour and forced marriages.The climb was organised by Charlotte Wilberforce, great-great-great granddaughter of UK slave emancipator William Wilberforce, after her Run for Freedom event for Stop the Traffik raised more than $8,500 in March.Bryan Caldwell from the climbing wall suggested the idea of the follow-up, which saw more than 50 people climb over the course of eight hours - the youngest just nine years old. They raised $600, which Ms Wilberforce hopes will be match-funded by local businesses."There was a great vibe and we even broke a record — the wall has never been climbed so many times in one day and we even went above and beyond Mount Everest with over 850 climbs amongst us," she said."Special thanks to Bryan Caldwell for organising it all and to our amazing young climbers, Joshua Stephenson aged ten who completed a whopping 106 climbs, and Matthew Viney aged 18 who with bad blisters perservered and did 118 climbs. Sean Kelly was the adult to complete an amazing 164 climbs."She added: "If anyone wants to do a small event to help us spread the word about human trafficking and raise some funds, we want them to go for it - it can be anything, not necessarily sport - any kind of feat really. We really want to bring people together and show that slavery today can be stamped out through our unity."Anyone who wishes to contribute further cash or help with a future event should contact Ms Wilberforce by email on

runforfreedom@yahoo.com.

Tall task: Event organiser Charlotte Wilberforce (pictured) and other fundraisers scaled the wall at The Olympic Club 856 times on Saturday, totalling the height of Mount Everest and raising cash for the fight against modern-day slavery.

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Published February 10, 2011 at 8:35 am (Updated February 10, 2011 at 8:35 am)

Climbers for Freedom top Everest

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