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Kili Climb for Open Arms

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Virginia Carreno via Crowdrise
September 18, 2013

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BENEFITING: OPEN ARMS HOME FOR CHILDREN

EVENT DATE: Sep 28, 2013

Virginia Carreno

THE STORY:

For years people have been calling us crazy for some of the things we've done. Although we can't say we disagree, we do have enough common sense to know that we have been born into a ridiculously fortunate situation with beautiful lives and beautiful people in them.  Our worst day is still one hundred times better than what some people must endure every single day. Hopefully we'll never know what it's like to go to bed hungry or worry about drinking our water because it might be contaminated with deadly pathogens. While we have always been grateful for our lives it was not until we met someone like Bob Solis that we realized we could actually make a difference and do something. 

We met Bob a couple of years ago and learned about an organization that he started in South Africa to care for children...  Children that have nothing and often times less than that.  One story that Bob shared with us we believe really defines what his organization, Open Arms Home for Children, does for the people of South Africa. 

He told us about a mother with two month old twin boys whose father was dying of AIDS. Their HIV positive mother, broke and sick herself, was trying to care for two infants without food or money. On top of that, she knew that the only way she could feed them – breastfeeding – would risk transmitting the HIV virus to her boys. Under unbearable pressure to feed her hungry sons, the mother knew that she had to do something. She did what most of us would find unthinkable — she called Open Arms and asked them to take her sons away.  That is what Open Arms does, it provides hope and a future for children in desparate situations.

http://www.openarmshome.com/

Open Arms Home for Children since its inception has provided for those orphaned by the AIDS pandemic in South Africa.  Especially important, Open Arms has also begun educating those children on site in order to provide them the best tools possible for them to improve their own situation.  Bob told us himself that he sees many of these children going on to become doctors, engineers, and leaders who will ultimately make South Africa a better place.  In fact, a new classroom structure is currently being added onto the orphange to give these kids a proper learning environment.  Great news...  but we know they need more resources in order to make the school as effective as possible.  

So as a result, when we decided to climb Mt Kilimanjaro this year, we decided to use it as a platform to raise money and awareness for Open Arms. We have made an intial donation to start off the fundraiser and when we gain the summit of the highest mountain in Africa at 19,341 ft, we will match that donation.  What we really need is your help to make that donation even bigger and more meaningful.  

At the end of the day, we can't fix world hunger, we can't house all the homeless or stop child abuse in a single stroke.  The world's a tough place... bottom line.   What we can do is help these kids have a better future.  It's tangible, it's acheivable, and with your help there will be a group of grateful children on the other side of the world who have a chance because we took a few moments to care.

 

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To This Fundraiser

$15,080

MONEY RAISED
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  • shana

    $25

  • Lauren and Jason Smith

    $100

  • BARB AND BILL RECHTER

     

  • Jenn Weldon

    $150

  • Stewart Reed

    $200

  • Maralyn Moore

    $100

  • Merri and Kevin

    $100

  • Jason monico

    $50

  • Dennis Hearns

    $100

  • Christina Apfel

    $50

  • Mark Wilkins

    $50

  • Megan Reid

    $100

  • Gabe & Amanda

    $100

  • Lance Lacoff

    $50

  • Peter Carlson

    $100

  • John & Jennifer Troup

    $25

  • Jayne Koo and Mark Cho

    $100

  • Chris Viviano

    $50

  • Mary Ellen Kelleher

    $40

  • Nimy Kayala

    $50

  • Jeff and Amie Leone

    $100

  • Peter and Katie Moor

    $50

  • Sue Andrews

    $25

  • Seth Gabrielson

     

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Christopher and Dana Piccoli

    $250

  • Eddie and Sherry Falzone

    $50

  • Paul Jenkins

    $50

  • Nicole Franklin and Keenan Davis

    $100

  • Mike and Melissa Stoppiello

    $100

  • Alger Candlelight Committee Match - Chris Piccoli

    $250

  • Alger Candlelight Committee Match for Dan Carreno

    $500

  • Alger Candlelight Committee Match- Nicole Franklin

    $100

  • Alger Candlelight Committee Match for Peter Moor

    $50

  • Hal and Jamie Liebes

    $100

  • Sherry and Steve Shirk

    $50

  • Ted Doyle

    $150

  • Alger Candlelight Committee Match for Chris Viviano

    $50

  • Alger Candlelight Committee Match for Seth Leibick

    $100

  • Dan Chung

    $1,000

  • Cia and Kayla

    $100

  • melissa larmore

     

  • david zappone

    $100

  • Michael IV

    $100

  • Brad Lasky

     

  • Cindy and Ray Pinelli

    $100

  • Alex Bernstein

    $50

  • Bill Broomall

    $50

  • Laura Colella

    $100

  • Tony and Ann DeMarco

    $100

  • Tim Hassett-Salley

    $50

  • Lori McEvoy

    $100

  • Liz Clapp

    $200

  • Han Franz Von Schranz

    $20

  • Alger Candlelight Committee Match for Jeff Leone

    $100

  • Alger Candlelight Committee Match for Dave Miele

    $100

  • Alger Candlelight Committee Match for Dan Chung

    $500

  • The Social Security Law Group

    $500

  • Dee O'Sullivan

    $50

  • Michael and Julia Shannon

    $125

  • Jackie Rizzo

    $50

  • Daniel Bohmer

    $50

  • Alger Candlelight Committee Match for Jackie Rizzo

    $50

  • Tom Briggs

    $40

  • Michael Marciano

    $50

  • Bryan & Rachel Bertucci

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $215

  • Tom and Susi Morrison

     

  • Martha,Jill and Chance

    $25

  • Joseph Ulitto

    $25

  • Kristin Harpine

    $50

  • Chris Carreno

    $100

  • Olivia and Brian Syptak

    $40

  • Maura Sampson

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Michelle Colver Shaw

    $25

  • Kimberly & Dominick Giovanniello

    $125

  • Kimberly & Dominick Giovanniello

    $10

  • Glenn Means

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Alger Candlelight Committee Match for Ted Doyle

    $150

  • Anne and Jim Oliphant

    $100

  • The Kings

    $25

  • Mom and Harry

    $200

  • Stefano Derasmo

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Carlos & Suasan

    $200

  • Scott and Jenny Kantor

    $50

  • Alyssa Manning

    $20

  • Kiran

     

  • mel

    $20

  • James McNeill

    $50

  • Chad & Kelli Harding

    $50

  • Dan Carreno

     

  • Seth Matthews

    $50

  • Dan and Virginia Carreno

    $1,200

  • livoti

     

  • The Griffin Family

     

  • Mrs B

    $25

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101% Raised of $15,000 Goal

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The Team: $15,080 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Virginia Carreno

Amount Raised

$14,930

 

100% Raised of $15,000 Goal

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Peter Carlson

Amount Raised

$100

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Peter Moor

Amount Raised

$50

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david zappone

Amount Raised

$0

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Chris Carreno

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Mrs B

Mrs B

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

The Griffin Family

The Griffin Family

4 years ago

livoti

livoti

4 years ago

Dan and Virginia Carreno

Dan and Virginia Carreno

DONATION: $1,200

Both of us made it to the summit. Amazing experience! Thinking about the kids at Open Arms 4 years ago

Seth Matthews

Seth Matthews

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Dan Carreno

Dan Carreno

Happy Birthday Love. You're an amazing person. I love you and always will. 4 years ago

Chad & Kelli Harding

Chad & Kelli Harding

DONATION: $50

GO Dan & Virginia!! Awesome cause! 4 years ago

James McNeill

James McNeill

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

mel

mel

DONATION: $20

Because you picked up the tab on dinner the other night... I really, really, really enjoyed seeing you, by the way. Love always - and be safe! Hugs also to your better half.... M 4 years ago

Kiran

Kiran

4 years ago