JOE Richardson has already conquered one mountain, and now his sights are set on Mt Kilimanjaro.

After dropping 40kg and becoming passionate about his physical fitness, the Toowoomba man has decided to join UNICEF's Kilimanjaro Climb for Kids.

Mr Richardson will be taking on the mountain in July, and is determined to reach a $10,000 fundraising goal.

He said his "light bulb moment" came in January 2012, when he weighed in at nearly 130kg.

Joe Richardson after losing 40kg and with his sights set on Kilimanjaro.
Joe Richardson after losing 40kg and with his sights set on Kilimanjaro. Nev Madsen
Healthy eating, cycling and CrossFit helped him get in shape.

"I just thought, holy moley, I've really got to do something," Mr Richardson said.

"I knew I was unhealthy and overweight, so I had to change.

"Mid-last year I got an email from (UNICEF) about this Kilimanjaro climb.

Joe Richardson back in 2012.
Joe Richardson back in 2012.
"I'd lost a bit of weight, and I was in pretty good shape… so I decided to jump at it." Mr Richardson has been training with a breathing restriction mask and sleeping in an altitude chamber to prepare himself for the tough conditions on the mountain.

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