Two of Northern Ireland’s top chippy owners have joined forces to undertake an
ambitious, ‘high frying’ charity challenge – and it’ll be a world first!
The Kilimanjaro Chippy Challenge, sponsored by McWhinney’s Sausages, will be undertaken in September by award-winning duo, Alan Hanna, owner of the Pit Stop Fast Food, Kilkeel and Malachy Mallon, owner of the Dolphin Takeway, Dungannon. Not only will they attempt to scale Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, but they plan to set-up the world’s highest pop-up fish & chip shop. Together, Alan and Malachy will fry and serve award-winning fish and chips and McWhinney’s sausages at Kilmanjaro’s Barafu Camp – a dizzying 4650 metres above sea level.
Malachy and Alan’s unique mission in September aims to be a world first in a bid to net much-needed funds for the Fishermen’s Mission UK Charity.
The intrepid duo will arrive in Tanzania on 1st September 2018 and will climb for eight consecutive days, before setting-up shop at 15,255ft to delight hungry climbers with the world highest chippy. They also plan to cook fish & chips and a few additional UK chippy favourites for the local orphanage before their record attempt. Fortune Kids and Education Foundation Orphanage Center is located under the slope of Mount Meru in Nshupu Village. It was established in February 2016 and cares for children under five years old. A donation will also be made to the orphanage to help support their good work.
The official fundraising campaign was recently launched with the help of the Fishermen’s Mission at Kilkeel Harbour, County Down. Calls for donations are now being made on www.JustGiving.com/fundraising/KilimanjaroChippyChallenge and the fundraising will be supported by news and updates on Facebook & Twitter & Instagram.
Alan Hanna said, ‘We are absolutely delighted with the response to our recent call for sponsorship and we are proud to announce McWhinney’s Sausages as our title sponsor for the Kilimanjaro Chippy Challenge. Our sincere thanks and praise also go out to all our category sponsors so far, including Kerry Foods, Florigo Frying Equipment, Unique Seafood and we are hoping to have a few more big names on board in the next few weeks.
Malachy Mallon added, “It is our aim to raise lots of money for charity but we also wish to showcase the passion and unity of the UK Fish & Chip industry and promote fish & chips as healthier takeaway option. The Kilimanjaro Chippy Challenge is the perfect way to do all that in record-breaking style, on top of a world stage, and we are looking forward to the challenge!”
The final word comes from Kevin McWhinney himself, “Alan and Malachy will be serving McWhinney’s sausages, including our Bigfoot range, at their world’s highest chippy and what a proud moment it will be when they ‘fry high’ on Mount Kilimanjaro.
“This is an absolutely inspirational challenge and McWhinney’s is delighted to help take it the top. We wish them every success with their fundraising for the very worthy Fishermen’s Mission charity.”
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