Photographs: Chris Johnson
Text: Jakob Weizman
Chris Johnson moved to Denmark three months ago from his homeland in the U.K and has already begun to make an impact here through efforts to raise money for charity.
Living just a few minutes from Amager Bakke (also known as Copenhill), Johnson decided he would climb the hill 114 times, which is equivalent to the height of the world's tallest mountain, Mount Everest.
"I chose the charities Bedford Foodbank (U.K.) and the community work of my church here, Copenhagen Vineyard because I have seen firsthand the huge difference they are making in the lives of disadvantaged individuals and families, especially during the lockdown," said Johnson.
“It has been great to see how people have come on board to give, even when they might have difficulties of their own. Together we are stronger than alone, and it's in difficult times like these that the strength of community and generosity changes (and even saves) lives.”
Working as a web developer from home during the day, Johnson set out to take on the challenge by climbing mostly during evenings throughout the whole month of January. This can be quite a drag as it takes away the view in addition to the freezing temperatures that the Danish winter offers.
"It has been a tough job, and my legs ache most of the day before and after climbing now," said Johnson. "It can become quite monotonous climbing alone. Fortunately, friends and housemates have joined me on occasion, which makes a huge difference and lifts my spirits when it is getting tough!"
The motivated Brit is on target to reach his fundraising goals as he nears towards the end of his climb, aiming to send 500 pounds back home to the foodbank, and 2,000 DKK towards his local church in Copenhagen.
"It has been great to see how people have come on board to give, even when they might have difficulties of their own. Together we are stronger than alone, and it's in difficult times like these that the strength of community and generosity changes (and even saves) lives," said Johnson.
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