The 2013 Team Members

The 2013 Team Members

Team member profiles

Author: Admin/Monday, October 14, 2013/Categories: Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge, Meet the Team


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Matthew Proctor, M2 Telecommunications

  • Age: 40
  • Role: General Manager Data Centre & Cloud
  • From: Melbourne, Australia
  • Why climbing: having worked in telecommunications for over 20 years, I am inspired by the efforts and motivation of Telco Together and keen to help raise funds for a worthwhile cause. It's also a great opportunity to test my personal motivation and ability to transform my fitness to meet this challenge.
  • Most looking forward to: aside from the ubiquitous ‘reach the top’ goal, I am very much looking forward to seeing a part of the world that I have never visited, and discovering new cultures. Seeing first-hand, the volcanic peaks and glacier that is slowly melting due to climate change, is without doubt one of the most challenging and inspiring adventures I have embarked upon.But most of all, knowing that we have supported Australians in need by pushing ourselves to the very limit will be a great feeling.  

Murray Crosswell, Southern Cross Telco, TAS

  • Age: 53
  • Role:  IT Application Manager, development and production (billing) running
  • From: Hobart, Tasmania
  • Why climbing: because it sounded like a good idea at the time. Actually, I completed a personal challenge last year, (lost 10KG), and thought that this trip would keep me on the right track.
  • Most looking forward to: meeting the locals, going through the climate zones and the summit! Not looking forward to reacquainting myself with how one feels at high altitude, having been to 5,545 metres before in Nepal.

Marco Giana, Digital Mapping Solutions

  • Age: 40
  • Role:  Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Consultant
  • From: Originally from Hobart Tasmania, currently reside in Melbourne.
  • Why climbing: I have always been out to seek adventures which push my physical and mental boundaries. I found out about Telco Together Foundation’s plan to organise a group of fund raisers to climb Kilimanjaro after having a drink with Renee, and could not pass up this great opportunity to climb the world’s highest free standing mountain.
  • Most looking forward to: the experience and great challenge which will come from such a climb. Seeing how I will be able to handle the extreme conditions and high altitude, both mentally and physically. Meeting new people and working together to achieve the ultimate goal of reaching the top and raising funds for Telco Together Foundation’s charity organisations.

Srijuth Wimalajeewa, Alcatel-Lucent

  • Age:47
  • Role:  Senior Solutions Architect, Alcatel-Lucent
  • From: Melbourne, Australia
  • Why climbing: it’s an opportunity to challenge myself beyond what I would have previously thought possible, while at the same time providing a valuable contribution to communities in need.
  • Most looking forward to: reaching the summit and calling home, as well as having some quiet time to think about the journey ahead of me, and my next big project to take on.

Tia Te Wake, Telecom New Zealand

  • Age: 37
  • Role:  Account Manager - Wholesale, Telecom NZ
  • From: New Zealand
  • Why climbing: to give something back to communities in need.
  • Most looking forward to: making the summit and getting to know my fellow climbers.


Brian El Sheik, M2 Telecommunications

  • Age: 36
  • Role:  Business Analyst (BSS), M2 Telecommunications
  • From: Melbourne
  • Why climbing: if I remember correctly, it was a Friday night over dinner and after few glasses of alcohol where I was asked, "would I like to join the Kilimanjaro challenge?" With little thought of what I was getting into I said, "why not!!!"
    The more I read and researched, the more intrigued I became. I am now looking forward to the challenge ahead,no regrets. Raising money for charity is definitely the icing on the cake.
  • Most looking forward to: experiencing Africa itself will be amazing, along with living on a mountain for a week and trekking to a summit height that most people can only imagine.The journey will no doubt make me a stronger person mentally and help me to believe I can achieve anything if I set my mind to it. Reaching the SUMMIT will no doubt be a long life memory.


Steve Wicks, M2 Telecommunications

  • Age: 46
  • Role:  Director - New Markets, M2 Telecommunications.
  • From: Melbourne
  • Why climbing: the opportunity of joining great mates to do a once in a lifetime challenge, while raising money for multiple causes and making a real difference, just makes too much sense.
  • Most looking forward to: the elation that  will undoubtedly follow from reaching the summit.


Brett Drayton, Inspire Foundation

  • Age: 45
  • Role:  Donor Care & Database Manager, Inspire Foundation
  • From: Inner West of Sydney
  • Why climbing: when I saw the brochure at 'Rock Aid', it just spoke to me. I have always wanted to go to Africa, but never have. I love nature and a physical challenge in a natural environment.
    Combining these factors with the opportunity to fundraise for four fantastic causes just sealed the deal for me.
  • Most looking forward to: getting away from the city and enjoying nature, in an environment I’ve never experienced before. Having the time and space to reflect on life and all that it has to offer, while challenging myself physically and mentally to achieve a mountainous (sorry) goal



Vaughan Bowen,Telco Together Foundation

  • Age: 40
  • Role:  Chairman, Telco Together Foundation 
  • From: Sydney, lives in Melbourne
  • Why climbing: I got bullied into it by our CEO...she is very persuasive! However, I am totally into it and have thoroughly enjoyed the training aspect and the great personal challenge of trying to get to the summit (fingers crossed).
  • Most looking forward to: my first Tanzanian beer at base camp, (i.e Arusha hotel), once done.



Renee Bowker, Telco Together Foundation

  • Age:34
  • Role:  CEO, Telco Together Foundation
  • From: South Africa, lives in Melbourne
  • Why climbing:  I came close to climbing Kili two years ago, and couldn't make it due to work commitments.  When I realised I had the opportunity to turn it into a fundraiser, and cajole a whole bunch of other people into coming with me, I couldn't resist.  
  • Most looking forward to:  I am so excited about being back in Africa!  It's also a fantastic group we have going, so I think the celebration at the end will be a really fun night.


Cameron Foley, Telco Together Foundation

  • Age:  33
  • Role:  Operations Manager, Telco Together Foundation
  • From: Tasmania
  • Why climbing: have always been fascinated with Africa and it's a great opportunity to get myself fit and healthy before the effects of becoming middle-aged (nearly) set in.
  • Most looking forward to: celebrating my birthday on summit day and watching the Kilimanjaro sunrise with my Dad and Uncle.


Craig Bowen, Cruise Traveller, QLD

  • Age: 54
  • Role:  Managing Director Cruise Traveller - boutique voyage & cruise specialists.
  • From: Sydney, has lived & worked in the Gold Coast for last 10 years.
  • Why climbing: I always love a challenge and with the added benefit of helping the Telco Together nominated charities, it seemed too good to pass up.  My company has always had a strong involvement in raising money for well deserved causes – and this is an exciting new opportunity to continue these efforts. Also having the opportunity to share this experience with like minded people , a number of whom I know – will be really worthwhile.


Alex McGarry
Elaborate, VIC

  • Age: 40
  • Role: Consultant
  • From: Tasmania, lives in Melbourne
  • Why climbing:  Because it's there!
  • Most looking forward to: sharing the challenge and adventure with my fellow climbers.


Alan Foley
The Design Project, NSW

  • Age:  59
  • Role:  Furniture importer
  • From: Melbourne, Auckland & Sydney
  • Why climbing: serendipitous meeting with nephew Cam Foley on a metro rail train.
  • Most looking forward to: meeting the challenge, camaraderie, exposure to a new (to me) culture and country.


Marcello Barbaro
The Basket Factory, VIC

  • Age:   44
  • Role:  Consultant & Co-Owner,
  • From: Melbourne
  • Why climbing: friends roped me into it.
  • Most looking forward to: arriving back at the hotel on day 7... in one piece, with all my skin and limbs attached.


Tom Foley
General Practitioner

  • Age:  62
  • Role:  Doctor
  • From: Melbourne, lives in Tasmania
  • Why climbing: my sod of a son son asked me if I would.
  • Most looking forward to: survival, and the gin and tonic at the end.


Greg Vogt
Gulf Related, Abu Dhabi

  • Age: 51
  • Role:  Director of Leasing, Gulf Related, Abu Dhabi
  • From: Canada, lives in Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Why Climbing: An ex-colleague of mine did the climb a while back and ever since then, I have wanted to do it but never found the time to commit. So when I heard about the Telco Together trip, (and knowing that I would be doing it with some great friends), I jumped on the opportunity. As an added bonus, we're raising funds for a good cause.
  • Most looking forward to: visiting real Africa and trekking through some extraordinary scenery and the challenge to make it to the top.


Joseph O’Sullivan
Cruise World, New Zealand

  • Age: 50
  • Director, Cruise World
  • From: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Why climbing: We have always supported charities in our business but so far nothing we have done has involved such a personal challenge. That appeals to me and frightens the hell out of me all at the same time!
  • Seeing Africa for the first time and of course the physical challenge of getting to the top of the mountain and spending time with some great people along the way.


Simon Farrell, Plant People Auckland, New Zealand

  • Age: 53
  • Role:  Landscape Construction Manager
  • From:New Zealand
  • Why climbing: was a golden opportunity that I couldn’t turn down.
  • Most looking forward to: apart from the Foley boys wit and repartee, the whole adventure and reaching the summit I am looking forward to immensely.

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