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REF NO.: 191

SUBJECT: Members of Memorial University community aim to conqueror Africa’s highest peak

DATE: May 21

Note to editors:                                          
            Media are advised that interviews and photo opportunities can be arranged this week with a group of adventurers with strong connections to Memorial University who are tackling one of the world’s most formidable mountains.
            The group hopes to summit Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest free-standing, snow-covered equatorial peak. At 19,340 feet (5,895 metres) high, the mountain, located in north-eastern Tanzania, is also Africa’s highest summit.
            The team is being led by well-known mountaineer and award-winning educator Dr. TA Loeffler, a professor in Memorial’s School of Human Kinetics and Recreation.
            It also includes: Marian Wissink, a systems administrator with the Department of Computer Science; graduate student Abigail Steel, who is completing a PhD in engineering; and alumni Wanda Highmore and Flora Seymour.
            Others include Diane Rendell, Leslie Grattan, and Ann Marie Lane. The Newfoundland team will be joined by Americans Karen Warren and Nancy Andrew. 
            Some of the team members are leaving on Saturday, May 24, for the journey to Africa, while others are leaving next week.                                                                                            The team will begin the ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro on June 1 and hope to reach the top on June 7.
            Dr. Loeffler will be updating her website,, along the journey.
            Media interviews and photo opportunities can be arranged with the Memorial team this week.

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