The first Albanians in Everest thanks to Vodafone Albania and Raiffeisen Bank

Vodafone and Raiffeisen have agreed to sponsor the first ever Albanian team Endeavouring to reach the highest peak of the worlds on the country's' 100th Anniversary of Independence
 
2012 will mark the 100-th Anniversary of Independence of Albania and the Dajti Alpino Touristic Association have decided to undertake the brave mission of being the first ever Albanian team of climbers to endeavour to reach the highest peak in the world, Everest and to place the Albanian flag among other nations’ flags - right at the top of the world at 8848 meters high.

Today the Chief executives of Vodafone and Raiffeisen Bank, Haris Broumidis and Christian Canacaris signed the Sponsorship Agreement with the Dajti Alpino Touristic Association.

"We are glad that through our support we will empower the first Albanian climbers' team reaching the highest peak in the world, thus raising the Albanian flag for the first time in Everest.  We understand that this initiative bears a very significant and symbolic value in a very important year for Albania and Albanians - the 100th Anniversary of Independence" said Vodafone CEO Haris Broumidis

"Raiffeisen Bank is very happy to support this initiative, which is the first ever of this kind in Albania. We are glad to support the efforts and the commitment of these people that have undertaken this difficult but also very significant initiative in this particular year for the Albanians. I wish them success in their mission", said Mr. Christian Canacaris, CEO of Raiffeisen Bank in Albania.

Aleksandër Bojaxhi, the head of the Dajti Alpino Touristic Association thanked both companies for their support and promised to take the Albanian Flag at the 'Top of the world". "We are glad to have secured this very valuable financial support  by Vodafone Albania and Raiffeisen Bank that wil help build the team and enable us to place the Flag at the highest peak of the works" - He said.

The team shall now enter into an intensive period of required preparations and is supposed to reach Everest in May 2012.