We have met Galal Zekri-Chatila before: the young Egyptian who traveled every inch of his country on bike promoting positive values and encouraging Egyptians to go outdoors and discover firsthand the beauty of the desert and oases.
Demonstrating an exceptionally optimistic and energetic attitude, young Egyptian cyclist Galal Zekri-Chatila embarked on his 'Egypt on two Wheels' journey after extensive planning, and then covered a distance of 7000 km in five months, highlighting the unveiled beauty of many places in Egypt and the good-natured spirit of its people.
"After cycling all around Egypt, 7000 km, by bicycle solo, I’ve realised that this is what I want to do for my entire life, to be free, and live my life to its fullest. I want to be out there, make a good impact in the society by enhancing the manners of a real strong will, and by encouraging all the people who follow my trips to get out of their comfort zones, and start their own adventures," the 23-year old adventurer told Ahram Online before traveling a few days ago to embark on his latest adventure.
His upcoming stunt is to climb the highest peak in each continent. This means seven climbs of summits, including Everest. This July he will be climbing Africa's Highest Summit (5,895 meters).
Galal is adamant on incorporating charity initiatives into his endeavors. His main aim this time through mountaineering is to collect donations from individuals and corporations for the construction of 600 roofs in Upper Egypt, where thousands of Egyptians are living without a good shelter to protect them from the rainy season during winter.
The cost of a roof is EGP 1000 - 1500, and the donations are legally collected through Healthy Egyptians NGO along with the manpower of Yala Nebda2.
"I believe that to do an adventure is actually more beneficial than applying for a master degree. Nature teaches us a lot, the bound that happens between you and the people that you know, and yourself being exposed to different culture will help you become the modest, down to earth kind of person. It will help you appreciate your life, your time, and give you the sense of real accomplishment," he concludes.
Individuals interested in putting their names to go to the rooftop of Africa, or entities and companies wanting their logo to be placed on the flag that will rise on the rooftop of Africa, can visit www.facebook.com/opnsummit and leave your request.