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Kilimanjaro Challenge: Fundraising Challenge for the Children of Kilimanjaro

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BENEFITING: FUND FOR THE KILIMANJARO ORPHANAGE

ORGANIZER: Kilimanjaro

EVENT DATE: Jan 17, 2016

Matt Kneafsey

THE STORY:

Kilimanjaro Challenge wrote -

The Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania attracts hundreds of thousands tourists every year, some to climb the mountain, but mostly to visit the vast amount of African wildlife in the plains that surround it. What many tourists do not realize, and are often shielded from, is the humanitarian crisis that has been brewing for the past 15 years in the form of AIDS. Modern treatment and education on the disease have started to reduce the death rate and number of people infected, but the damage has been done. AIDS related deaths have wiped out the adult demographic, which has left approximately 55% of the population under the age of 19. If a child lost their parents in the past, their village and family members usually took on the task of raising them. With the death rate being as high as it’s been, children no longer have such a safety net to rely on. This has left thousands of orphans and children at risk left to fend for themselves in very impoverished circumstances. Our team of climbers will attempt to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, the world's highest free standing mountain at 5,895 metres. The climb will take six days and require 4,891 metres (16,044 feet) of elevation gain. Of all climbers that attempt the mountain, only 45% reach the summit. All donation will benefit the US-Based 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit The Kilimanjaro Children's Fund (formally known as the Fund for the Kilimanjaro Orphanage). A retired Emergency Room doctor from Haines Alaska, named Greg Higgins, founded the Fund for Kilimanjaro Children to provide financial support and assistance to the children in the Kilimanjaro region who are at risk because they are orphans, homeless, sick or living in extreme poverty. Dr. Higgins has not only helped raised money and awareness for children in the region. Three years ago, he and his wife, Shannon, moved to Moshi to roll up their sleeves to run medical clinics, establish shelters, and provide education for children at risk. We are fortunate on this climb, as Greg will be joining us on this adventure on and off the mountain. When we are not climbing, we will be visiting many of the orphanages, schools, and programs he has been supporting through his charitable works.

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To This Fundraiser

$1,835

MONEY RAISED
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  • Matt Kneafsey

    $1,500

  • Sapna and Richard FitzG

    $20

  • Anonymous

     

  • Ben Wood

    $50

  • Cath

     

  • Paul and Petra Smith

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Simon and Liz Hudson

    $70

  • Saltbox Gallery & Workshop - Matthew and Louise Dwyer

    $25

  • peter causnett

    $50

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Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $68,147 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Kilimanjaro Challenge

Amount Raised

$21,565

 

43% Raised of $50,000 Goal

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Greg Higgins

Amount Raised

$10,300

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Travis and Melanie Young

Amount Raised

$9,840

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Wayne Orchid

Amount Raised

$8,410

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Sarah Wheelhouse

Amount Raised

$7,710

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Nic and Chris Hetherton

Amount Raised

$3,687

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Josh Betts

Amount Raised

$3,435

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Matt Kneafsey

Amount Raised

$1,835

Donor Comments

peter causnett

peter causnett

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Saltbox Gallery & Workshop - Matthew and Louise Dwyer

Saltbox Gallery & Workshop - Matthew and Louise Dwyer

DONATION: $25

Matthew Kneafsey and his band of merry men and women 2 years ago

Simon and Liz Hudson

Simon and Liz Hudson

DONATION: $70

Have a safe trip and a great adventure! 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

Good Luck Matthew from all the team at Pick & Mix Marketing 2 years ago

Paul and Petra Smith

Paul and Petra Smith

DONATION: $10

Good luck Matt! 2 years ago

Cath

Cath

Good luck Matthew ! What an incredible challenge to take on 2 years ago

Ben Wood

Ben Wood

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

Well done you - good luck! 2 years ago

Sapna and Richard FitzG

Sapna and Richard FitzG

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

Matt Kneafsey

Matt Kneafsey

DONATION: $1,500

2 years ago