BENEFITING: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Nov 20, 2010
UPDATE: Just before 7:00AM on November 20th, we arrived at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. We couldn't have done it without the help and encouragement of everyone back home. Thank you so much to everyone for donating and supporting this great cause!
This July, Laura DeSario lost her battle with cancer at the age of 57. She left behind a loving and impulsive son, David. This November, Dave will honor his mother’s legacy and raise money for her favorite charity by attempting to climb the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. With his crippling fear of heights, total lack of world travel, and no experience climbing mountains, he has no chance of reaching the peak of Kilimajaro without your support and encouragement. Your support and Chris Beattie’s, that is. Dave’s friend of a decade, Chris is a resident of east Africa and an experienced climber. He’ll do everything he can to ensure Dave reaches the top; up to and including carrying Dave’s altitude sickness affected limp body and delusional mind to the 19,000 foot peak in the name of charity.
All donations will go to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC www.uusc.org) and their work with the Tanzanian Gender Networking Program (TGNP). As a Unitarian Universalist preacher, Laura DeSario supported the work of the UUSC and encouraged others to follow.
The UUSC is a progressive organization dedicated to advancing human rights and working for social justice around the world. They’ve partnered with the TGNP to fight for “Water for the People, Not for Profits.” Your donation will help women and other marginalized communities in Tanzania fight against the effects of water privatization and gain equitable access to natural resources. The beauty of Tanzania's Mt. Kilimanjaro, the water resources it provides, and the symbolism of the mountains we all have to climb, are wonderful analogies for the work of the UUSC and TGNP. We hope you will make a small donation in Laura's memory and the support of this great cause.
**The new President and CEO of the UUSC is the internationally recognized human rights activist (and 2006 Vassar College Commencement Speaker!!!) Reverand Dr. William F. Schulz.