What made this event even more memorable was the fact that Phillip is not an ordinary climber.
His organization Handigrimp organizes sports events for challenged persons all over the world. This platform is used to integrate the normal with the challenged.
In December 2010 he was a representative organizer of the first ever paraclimbing World Cup in Japan. He has been travelling for 11 years now. He visits different countries to understand the lives of challenged persons in different cultures.
In this sense, Philippe is not just ‘not ordinary’, he is amazingly extraordinary!
Amongst those present at the function were young students and children from various charitable organizations. One special group was that of children affected with HIV from the Suryodaya Foundation. Physically challenged persons from Nirmalya Trust which included the visually impaired, hearing impaired, paraplegic, spastic and orthopaedically challenged, also grabbed this opportunity and successfully made it to the top of the wall. Watching them achieve this was highly inspiring and motivating.
Philippe had to leave and start back to Mumbai. Before he left however, he had several fans waiting to get his autograph!
IBN Lokmat covered the full event. Here is the link to the video on YouTube: