We are five fat cabbies! Five middle aged fat London cabbies on a mission. Actually, we have three missions.
It all started with a Tweet.
“Any other cabbies out there fancy losing weight with me and then climb Mount Kilimanjaro?”
Where do we begin?
The first stage is to lose a combined weight of 25 stone. Then we are off to Tanzania to take a stroll up Africa’s highest mountain – Kilimanjaro (not for the fainthearted) and a massive achievement which for us will require huge determination and during our journey we hope to raise £20k for the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans.
So how are we going to do what seems impossible?
We all have the same goals and have now become a team. I actually didn’t think too many people would be that interested. There was the expected copious amount of leg pulling but what emerged was a group of cabbies who were as serious about this as I was. I started to get a lot of private messages enquiring about this and we’ve ended up with a group of five cabbies who have committed ourselves from start to finish.
Between us, we vary from 22 stone down to 16 and we all have individual targets as far as weight loss is concerned. But with a combined weight of 25 stone to lose, we’ve got to get going and start our new regimes.
As a London cabby, I, as many of my colleagues do, scream very loudly at how wonderful we are. We invest so many years into the Knowledge. We are consistently voted the number 1 Gold Standard Taxi drivers on the planet. This is all fantastic but what good is that if we are all going to be 6 foot under after suffering a heart attack.
We’ve all embarked on our new regimes, eating more healthily and exercising. Out with the McDonald’s breakfasts and in with porridge, poached eggs and muesli!
We have our own WhatsApp group where we bounce ideas off each other and generally support each other.
The Cherry on the Top
We are very proud to be supporting and raising £20k for the Taxi Charity who provide assistance and help to our war veterans and war disabled by providing entertainment, outings and specialist equipment to those who fought for us.
THE FANTASTIC FOUR
Our photographer for our trip to Tanzania
CDK have recruited an award winning photographer to record in picture and film their attempt to climb Kilimanjaro. Tim has been with CDK in some capacity nearly from the start guiding them on trips to Kinder Scout, Mam Tor and the Great Ridge and after our photographer, Jon Cox, could not come to Kili it was derided that Tim would be the next best option and we are very grateful to have him on board.
My name is Tim King, I am 53yrs old and have been asked to accompany ‘CabbiesDoKili’, as photographer, on their quest to conquer the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro.
I feel immensely privileged and proud to have been asked to take part in this once in a lifetime project.
The most important date in my yearly calendar is Remembrance Sunday. I habitually attend my local parade, to pay my respects and give my personal thanks to all those who served and those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. We should never forget! So, to help contribute to The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans is really important to me.
I have been taking photographs for over 40yrs, I hold a diploma in photography, but more importantly, have a wealth of experience in capturing varying situations. My passions are for landscape, wildlife and street photography, so I am really looking forward to the challenges of Tanzania. I am excited and very much looking forward to telling the CDK boys story through my pictures and video.
I have a huge love of the outdoors, I regularly hike in The Peak District National Park, I always embrace a challenge and have completed The North Yorkshire 3Peaks Challenge a total of 13 times!! A challenge that I will be accompanying the CDK boys on in August, as part of their training schedule.
From a personal point of view, I am also excited about undertaking this as I have just completed a period of rehabilitation after undergoing a total shoulder replacement. CDK has given me a goal to work towards and has undoubtedly helped considerably in my return to fitness.
I am extremely excited, feel very privileged , a little apprehensive , but very much looking forward to standing alongside this inspirational group of Cabbies on the summit of the highest free standing mountain in the World.