Senior finance analyst Jabar Sadiq turned personal tragedy into positivity recently after retracing the steps of a late friend up Mount Snowdon to raise money to build a new school in Africa.
abar, who’s been at JLR for three years, received a shock when he was told his lifelong friend Ebrahim Kola had passed away from a sudden heart attack at just 30 years old, leaving behind his wife and two young children.
Just a few years earlier Jabar had helped Ebrahim complete that same climb, assisting him up the Miner’s Route because of a heart condition Ebrahim had been born with.
To recreate that day and honour his friends memory, Jabar and nearly 50 others joined together to retrace those footsteps, including Ibrahim’s ten-year-old nephew, to raise money for charity Caravan Of Mercy.
The charity itself is looking to fund the construction of a school house in Liberia and Jabar has been part of a group looking to raise £70,000 for the project.
The walk up Snowdon took a big chunk off that target, raising £13,000 amongst the group.
He said: “It’s been a very emotional time, coming to terms with losing such a dear friend but we wanted to try and do something positive to keep his memory alive and reliving a day we all enjoyed seemed the natural thing to do.
“All of Ebrahim’s family came to Wales for the climb, some climbed and some didn’t, but it was a really special day and something we hope we can make more special by raising money for a worthy cause in the process.”