Novice hiker Salim Kamani taking on African peak with his daughter in the name of Alzheimer’s
It is unusual for someone who’s almost 60-years-old, unfit and with no hiking experience whatsoever to declare that he’s going to scale one of the highest mountains on the planet.
But that’s just exactly what Richmond dentist Salim Kamani did last December, when he vowed to tackle Africa’s Mt. Kilimanjaro with his 26-year-old daughter, Safiya, to raise awareness and money for the Alzheimer Society of B.C.
The big event, called “Anything for Alzheimer’s,” is now just a few weeks away and Kamani, who practices out of Coppersmith Dental Centre in south Richmond, has revealed how he’s been shaping up since deciding to take on Kilimanjaro’s 19,341 feet ascent.
“After I took on this cause last December, I only started to train then,” said Kamani, who recently turned 60.
“Prior to that, I didn’t do any hiking; very little fitness actually as I was in a car accident a few years ago.
“But little by little, I’ve been working up the hiking and I now get out there three or four times a week, I’ve done the Black Tusk at Garibaldi Provincial Park and I have a personal trainer.”