Couple becomes oldest to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

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TANZANIA, AFRICA – Martin and Esther Kafer are now world record holders. The octogenarians from Canada are the oldest couple to scale Mount Kilimanjaro. Even more impressive, they did it for charity. For Martin’s sister, a former college professor with a Ph.D. in Genetics.

Martin explains, ‘My sister has dementia. She’s two years older. She’s really deteriorated from being a person… to now she doesn’t even remember her own name.’

So to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society of British Columbia the spry couple and others climbed the tallest mountain in Africa. The group endeavor raised about $24,000.

Esther and Martin have successfully scaled many mountains over the years and as impressive as Kilimanjaro is it may not be their greatest accomplishment. The outdoor enthusiasts have been married 59 years.

Can you imagine the peaks and valley that come with nearly six decades of marriage?

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