Scaling New Heights: A Manchester Family’s Quest to Conquer Kilimanjaro for Kidney Care

Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, recently served as the backdrop for an inspiring adventure undertaken by a father-son duo from the Manchester community of Dawoodi Bohras. Twelve-year-old Abbas Khambalia and his father Dr. Hussein Khambalia not only set out to conquer this monumental mountain but also aimed to raise over £20,000 for kidney care initiatives in Tanzania, the homeland of Dr. Khambalia’s parents.

Dr. Hussein Khambalia, a renowned transplant surgeon at Manchester Royal Infirmary, and his wife, Dr. Insiya Khambalia, a Consultant Anaesthetist at Royal Bolton Hospital, are the founders of the Kidney Care 4 All charity. This organisation is dedicated to enhancing kidney care and improving conditions for those suffering from kidney failure worldwide.  The couple’s commitment has taken them back to Tanzania repeatedly, where they have engaged in vital educational activities with local healthcare professionals, focusing on patient care and the implementation of life-saving medical procedures.

The choice of Mount Kilimanjaro as their challenge was symbolic and practical.  As Dr. Khambalia explained, “It’s close to the hospital where we’ve contributed our efforts over the past six years.” Their decision to climb Kilimanjaro emerged early in their careers and crystallized into a dream they were determined to fulfill.  Their son, Abbas, a student at Bolton School, joined them on this mission, making their journey even more special.  In completing the challenge, Abbas became one of the ten youngest individuals to ever reach the summit of Kilimanjaro.

The climb itself was an extraordinary challenge, described by Dr. Khambalia as both “exhilarating and incredible.” The trio experienced the harsh realities of mountain climbing, dealing with the physical and mental demands that such an endeavor requires. However, the sense of camaraderie among their group and the overwhelming natural beauty of their surroundings made the grueling ascent a transformative experience.

Their successful summit was not just a personal triumph but also a beacon of hope and a source of significant fundraising for kidney care. It highlights the unique blend of personal achievement and community service that characterizes the Dawoodi Bohra community in Manchester.

As the Khambalias continue their work, both in Manchester and abroad, their story is a testament to the powerful impact that dedicated individuals can have on global health. Their efforts remind us that the journey to make a difference can take many forms—sometimes, it even leads to the top of Africa’s tallest mountain.

5 thoughts on “Scaling New Heights: A Manchester Family’s Quest to Conquer Kilimanjaro for Kidney Care

  1. Oanali Jivanji says:

    A remarkable achievement. A father son duo reaching the summit together is a unique event. Bravo to Khambhalia family.

  2. Nafisa S says:

    Amazing and eye opening efforts and achievements Khambhalia Family
    Well done
    Keep it up
    Surely many more youngsters will be inspired by your extraordinary dedications towards such a noble cause

  3. Dr Fatema Munshi says:

    Proud moment! An extremely valuable vision..
    Grt going. Wish you all very best in all your future endeavours

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