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Moy Park's Alan Gibson scales the heights of fundraising

By Staff Reporter

Published 02/02/2016

Moy Park director Alan Gibson meets local children on the Bale Mountain Trek in Ethiopia
Moy Park director Alan Gibson meets local children on the Bale Mountain Trek in Ethiopia

Moy Park director Alan Gibson has been named one of the UK’s top charity fundraisers after his gruelling 117km trek through the Bale Mountains in Ethiopia.

Alan brought in over £31,000 for Farm Africa through online platform Just Giving, putting him in the top 1% of fundraisers.

Along with a group of other food industry executives he walked to the summit of four peaks, each over 4,000m.

“Taking part in the Bale Mountain trek in Ethiopia was truly a life-changing experience,” said Alan. “Witnessing the levels of poverty in areas of Ethiopia was difficult, but the thing that really sticks with you is the kindness and warmth of the people.

“My colleagues across the Moy Park business have taken part in marathons, cycle rides, mountain climbs, rowing challenges and a host of other activities to raise this tremendous amount for Farm Africa to date. We have many more exciting activities planned for the year ahead and I thank everyone for their energy and commitment in supporting Farm Africa’s great work.”

Last year, Moy Park announced a partnership with the charity, committing to raise £100,000 over three years.

To date, staff and managers have achieved over £62,000 in donations. Farm Africa runs a number of projects in the Bale region aimed at reducing deforestation and improving and sustaining the livelihoods of local forest communities.

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