NORWEST orthodontist Atul Mehta conquered Mount Kilimanjaro and helped raise $17,000 for Australian children living in vulnerable communities.
He was part of Mad Mix, an "eclectic bunch of middle aged men" committed to raising money for a children's charity each year.
Mad Mix raised the money for the Good Beginnings charity organisation, in the five weeks leading up to the climb on August 22.
They climbed the 5895 metre African mountain — the highest free-standing mountain in the world — through a route known as Lemosho and reached the summit on August 28.
Having previously supported the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Dr Mehta strongly believes in supporting kids from a disadvantaged background.
"Every year we run charity events, we nominate a charity that has something to do with children," he said.
"Most are Aboriginal kids."
Prior to the climb, Mad Mix had spent 10 weeks on intensive training in preparation for Mount Kilimanjaro.
The group often trained in the Blue Mountains for up to 12 hours a day.
Ensuring their endurance and success, each member of the group worked with a personal trainer on a daily basis.
"We wanted to do something to challenge ourselves . . . [the climb] wasn't a holiday," Dr Mehta said.
"It was pure exhaustion.
"It's an eye-opening experience that makes you feel grateful for the privileges we have. We've at least got some miles on our legs."
Other members of the Mad Mix team are Dr Firoz Vellani, Joseph Sassine, Kumar Kalyanakumar, Leonard Greis and Syd Bader.