London Colney photographers are getting the cold shoulder for charity climb up Mount Snowdon
PUBLISHED: 12:01 28 May 2015
A daredevil pair of photographers will be keeping their cool while scaling the dizzying heights of Wales’ highest mountain - thanks to a fridge strapped onto their backs.
Matt Fisher and Mark Colombus from London Colney-based Photographic Synergy will be pushing themselves to the limit when they bravely attempt to climb Mount Snowdon today (Thursday) for Project Harar.
The charity aims to transform the lives of African children and young people in Ethiopia suffering with facial deformities.
Both will have a 35kg fridge strapped to their backs as well as an extra 15kg worth of food, water, music and all-important de-icer.
One half of the dynamic duo and director and co-founder of Photographic Synergy, Matt, said: “An old client of ours rung us up last year asking if we would support the charity in the run up to a big fundraising event last November and we pledged 30 prizes for its raffle.
“I did a little digging and thought actually, this is something really interesting and Mark and I took some pictures at the event and met Jonathan Crown, its founder, and were totally inspired.”
The entire photography team climbed Mount Snowdon in March, apart from Mark whose wife was heavily pregnant, and will continue to run, cycle and swim to new extremes in the next few months.
Matt said: “Mark now has a six-week old-baby so has been allowed out in half term to do something silly with an equally silly man!
“The fridge idea is so stupid that hopefully it will stimulate questions and answers and leave people wondering why.
“I used to be in the military and the navy and people did lots of silly things then so that was part of the inspiration.”
He added that the team attended the Herts County Show last weekend and had a number of people come up to them saying they had seen them on the news.
He said: “Of course they hadn’t but it was just through word of mouth that it had spread so quickly and people seeing us training round London Colney and thinking, who are these crazy men?
“We had people guessing how long it will take us to reach the 1085m summit, which we predict will take us between six and nine hours, though we just don’t know.”
Matt will be travelling to Ethiopia in the next couple of weeks to take some photos “to give something physical back to the charity rather than just money”.
Jonathan said: “Apart from the excellent photographs being taken and upbeat can-do attitude of the Photographic Synergy team, I instantly recognised a kindred spirit in Matt, especially down to his own excellent philanthropic endeavours!
“We’re hoping that we can forge a brilliant and long lasting partnership with him and the team over the coming years.”
So far a total of £547 of the £2015 target has been raised.
To track the team’s progress visit www.justgiving.com/afridgetoofar and to donate text FRIJ50 plus the desired amount to 70070.
To find out more about Project Harar visit www.projectharar.org.
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