Charity Climbing News - December 2011

Charity Climbs, Fundraising Climbs and Climbs for a Cause

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December 2011

Every year hundreds of climbers around the world climb mountains for a cause, or climb for charity. Climb for Change is the global hub for news of charity climbing events, climbs for a cause and fund-raising climbs. If you have news of your own climb for charity or climb for a cause, please contact us, and we will post your story on our charity climbing news page.

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Charity Kilimanjaro climb

This is Plymouth - 29 Dec, 2011
Adventurous Plymouth people are being asked to give 'summit' back in 2012. A children's charity is challenging city people to a mammoth mountain trek as part of an organised summer trip. Children Today is staging the trek up famous Mount Kilimanjaro to raise vital cash for disabled youngsters. Would-be explorers can conquer the world's largest free-standing mountain on a ten-day trip from September 14-23. The charity provides specialised equipment for disabled and sick children - and relies solely on donations. Its 77-kilometre Mount Kilimanjaro challenge will begin with a night in Moshi, Tanzania, before the group sets off on an upwards trail from the Marangu Gate. The path will take hikers along the breathtaking Marangu Route to the giant Uhuru Peak. Children Today fundraiser Ceri Ward said: "Put yourself to the ultimate test in 2012 and join Children Today in Africa for the definitive physical challenge." ...

Catching up: Hinsdale's Kellie O'Brien continues fight for education in Africa

Suburban Life Publications - 28 Dec, 2011
How back in 2006 she took a service trip with her daughter to an African Franciscan monastery, found a calling in a land brimming with need and within a year, had built a school for children whose futures seemed dim. Since then, Kellie O'Brien, now age 69, along with a network of dedicated family members, friends and volunteers, has changed the lives of hundreds of Tanzanian children. A charity climb up Mount Kilimanjaro is being organized for June 24, and the project is hoping to become a registered charity with the Chicago Marathon in October. More information and updates can be found here.

Katie's mission

Pocklington Post - 28 Dec, 2011
Student Katie Bentley is hoping to raise a mountain of cash for a charity climb up Kilimanjaro. She is planning to take the trip in July next year and has a fundraising target of up to £2,000 - over half of which will go directly to Childreach International to help impoverished youngsters. She is responsible for helping a team of 40 students taking part in the climb to reach their combined £98,000 fundraising total. Katie said: "I have always wanted to do something like this and I'm really looking forward to the trip - especially because it will help Child International." "I'm looking for as much sponsorship as possible and hope that the community will get behind me." She has organised fundraising events at university and has also been selling Christmas cards at the Wolds Inn, Huggate, to boost her total. ...

Sources say RA Dickey will go forward with charity climb up Mount Kilimanjaro

New York Daily News - Peter Botte - 27 Dec, 2011
R.A. Dickey will go forward with his charitable plan to ascend Mount Kilimanjaro next week, despite the Mets' objections, multiple sources said Tuesday. A person close to Dickey confirmed the Mets sent a "procedural" letter to agent Bo McKinniss "just to cover themselves legally" over the summer, when the knuckleballer first began publicly discussing the excursion. Dickey is scheduled to earn $4.5 million in 2012 in the second year of a two-year, $7.8 million deal. The letter stated the Mets reserve the right to void Dickey's contract if he is injured as a result of the climb. A Mets PR person said that GM Sandy Alderson would not elaborate on the situation beyond what he was quoted as saying about it in a story in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal. ...

Mushera Christmas Day Charity Climb - Michael - 25 Dec, 2011
Christmas Day Mushera Charity Climb 2011 – above are some of the weather beaten climbers at the top of Mushera who are raising money this year for the upkeep of St.Johns well on the slopes of Mushera. There were lots of more climbers on the mountain today, but they didn’t linger at the top for a photo due to the very windy and wet weather at the summit. But the stars of the show today were the horse that was ridden to the top, and Michael Lynch who made it to the top for the 150th time this year. ...

Merry Christmas

Sharon - 24 Dec, 2011
On behalf of Allan and I, and Jahn our Husky, we are wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and an adventurous New Year. For us, it has been a year full of highs and lows, from achieving our goal of climbing Everest, to losing my beautiful Dad to cancer. We are already looking forward to the New Year, with a challenging expedition to Shishapangma and Cho Oyu planned, and also two treks to Everest Base Camp. We have an Everest Base Camp information night planned at Whitfield House for the 14th of January 2012 (information below) and our friend and climbing guru Sumit Joshi, is heading over from Nepal to discuss the trip. ...

Georgia Salpa

Miss - 23 Dec, 2011
Love her, hate her, or are completely indifferent - there's no denying that 2011 was the year of Georgia Salpa. Yup. As we wind-down for Crimbo, once again it's that time of the year when we tip our hat to's top celeb of the year... Then when Salpa-mania seemed to be unstoppable, she controversially dropped out of the Kilimanjaro charity climb, followed by ill-timed drop-out of the Christmas Panto. But to be fair to her, she did stand tall at the Sleeping Beauty opening night and thus redeemed herself in many people's eyes... 2011 was all about Georgia and even the birth of Team Salpa... Twitter will never be the same again. ...

Wrong summit hero from Cricklade to carry Olympic torch

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard - Laura Shack - 23 Dec, 2011
A Fundraiser who shot to fame after leading his team up the wrong mountain in a charity climb has been chosen as a torch bearer for the 2012 Olympics. Damien Davis from Cricklade organised the Three Peaks Challenge in tribute to his friend Wayne Wilson, who died from leukaemia in January, aged just 26. The group, Team Wayne, started off on the wrong foot when they scaled the Highland peak of Stob Ban rather than Ben Nevis - more than 5km away. And after a series of injuries on Scafell Pike the group abandoned any attempt to climb Snowdon in North Wales altogether. But it was not a complete disaster. Team Wayne still managed to raise around £11,000 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and achieved national awareness for the cause after several newspapers and TV programmes picked up the story. ...

The Mwalimu Nyerere/Mt. Kilimanjaro Charity Climb

Madaraka - 19 Dec, 2011
This is a continuation of the posts from my September 2011 climb of Mt.Kilimanjaro. Friday 16 September 2011: I woke up at 0425hrs and was out of the hotel at 0505hrs. I walked to the bus stop with my backpack and a heavy load of my Kilimanjaro gear stashed in one of those large polythene bags that scare taxi drivers away from me. I was told I should be at Lamadi before 0730hrs to hitch a ride across the Serengeti National Park, an attempt that has ended in failure in the past. I arrived before six and met the same two characters who made me hang around Lamadi for two days. By ten in the morning I drew on my past experience and decided there would be no travel to Arusha today and took a bus to Mwanza. ...

Record breaking charity climb

Really B2B - 19 Dec, 2011
Climbing up a wall 680 times in one day is exhausting stuff. In fact, it's the same as climbing Mount Everest - 29,000ft. But 12 energetic fundraisers from Market Makers and Really B2B did just that as they took it in turns to scale a 13m wall continuously for nine hours, 58 minutes - and in doing so believe they have broken a world record. The charity event has helped to raise cash for our company bid to raise £48,000 to build a new primary school, nursery, health centre and water course in the African country of Cameroon. Henry Braithwaite, one of our Directors said: "We completed the climb much quicker than we expected. We're very tired, and there's a few blisters and aching muscles but we think we’ve got the record." The wall climb event raised £3,000 and was the penultimate charity event of 2011 that also included a high profile charity auction earlier this year and a staff "donate as you earn" initiative. ...

Rugby charity climb woman's death - 16 Dec, 2011
Sue Evans' illness inspired the climb by rugby legends. A woman has died after her fight against lung cancer inspired Welsh rugby legends to climb Kilimanjaro. Mother-of-four Sue Evans, the wife of Welsh rugby's official photographer, was diagnosed with a non-smoking form of the disease in 2008. Her husband Huw announced her death on Facebook and paid tribute. "Sue passed away this morning at 7.16" she fell asleep alongside me very peacefully. A beautiful lady, wife, mother and my bestest friend." Mr Evans organised the captains' climb, which aimed to raise £1m for Velindre Cancer Centre's Stepping Stones appeal in Cardiff. He and a team of more than 50 climbers, including Wales rugby legends Ieuan Evans, Rob Howley and Colin Charvis, scaled Africa’s highest mountain in 2010. ...

Reaching New Heights for "Women of Courage" on Mt. Kilimanjaro

DigitalJournal - 15 Dec, 2011
From January 8th to 19th, 2012, a team of 13 climbers from across Canada, ages 17 to 67 years, will join Outward Bound Canada's Mt. Kilimanjaro fundraising climb to support Outward Bound's Women of Courage expedition - a transformative wilderness experience for women survivors of violence. Two climbers are alumni of the Women of Courage program and four are survivors. The team has raised $70,000 so far - surpassing their original goal of $50,000. With support from donors like Calgary's Rimell Family Foundation, philanthropist Brett Wilson, the WaterStreet Group and corporate and individual donors, the team is raising funds for 40 women to join a Women of Courage expedition in BC, AB, or ON in 2012. Follow the team's progress on ...

What have we been doing?

Climbing For A Cause - Sharon Cohrs - 15 Dec, 2011
As the 1st breast cancer survivor to summit Mt Everest, Sharon shares her raw and emotional journey, from the incredible highs to tragic lows, inspiring people to believe and succeed in life. I am actually recovering tonight from a sinus operation, so I have a few moments to jot down what has been happening. I have been tha t busy that I have just not got around to posting a blog, no excuse, I have been slack. ... We were invited to speak with the Grade 8 and 9 students at St Augustine’s in Cairns. They were a great bunch of kids, and loved the presentation. It’s great fun and very satisfying speaking about the climb and showing the footage. We even dressed up a few of the students in my down suit, boots, gloves and oxygen mask, which was hilarious. ...

The Jade Lotus - Be Beautiful: Charity Climb!

The Jade Lotus - 11 Dec, 2011
My sister Yashmita climbing Kilimanjaro and leaving for Tanzania on Saturday, 10th Dec to start her climb. She is climbing with a group called Soul Adventures ( .They are attempting the Uhuru Peak Summit via the Western Breach stand on the highest point in Africa-5895m. They will be spending a night at the crater camp with the ancient glaciers as their sentinel. This route is nick-named the Whisky route because it is very difficult as opposed to the Coco-cola route which is tourist-easy. I'm excited for her but pretty nervous as well. It takes a lot not to bawl my eyes out like I used to do when she was at University and had to go back after University holidays. She is passionate about education and children's welfare in SA and is involved in many organisations that foster this. One that is particular close to our hearts is the St Mary’s Children’s Home ( in the South of JHB ...

Climb for Charity! - Sylvan Lake Personal Training

Best Body Fitnessn - 11 Dec, 2011
Thanks to everyone who supported our Charity Climb at the Rock Wall at Best Body Fitness! With all the Christmas festivities going on, we weren't quite as busy as we had hoped, but we all had fun, and did raise some money! We raised $100 for a local family! Next time, let's raise even more! ...

Geninatti Gym members compete in climb for charity

Enquirer Democrat - 8 Dec, 2011
BJ Vinyard and Owen Sullivan, recently won a challenge held at Geninatti Gym. The contest was to see how many feet a two-person tag team could climb on the Jacobs ladder in 10 minutes. The team of Vinyard and Sullivan climbed a total of 1,224 feet. A Jacobs ladder is taxing, mentally and physically. It's a ladder that revolves like an escalator, but has no motor. The climber is the motor and climbs on his/her hands and feet. The two people on each team took turns on the ladder, one minute at a time, going as fast as they could, with the winning team being the one who climbed the most feet. Winners of another category in the challenge were Paige Wise and Nikki Boente, climbing a total of 1,059 feet. ...

Mid-life crisis leads to climb -

IOM Today - 7 Dec, 2011
A Douglas man will be scaling Mount Kilimanjaro for charity after having a crisis about nearing age 40. Stuart Clifford, of Glen Falcon Terrace, will be taking part in the seven-day trek to the 5,895-metre summit of the world's largest freestanding mountain - which is located in Tanzania, East Africa - for charity. The 39-year-old hopes to raise at least £4,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), a children's hospital in London, after his niece Tyler spent two months there in 2008, receiving life saving chemotherapy treatment and a bone marrow transplant. "During what was a difficult time for Tyler and the whole family the help and support provided by everyone at the hospital was truly amazing," he said. "The work the hospital does is supported a great deal by fundraising efforts and ...

A Climb and a Cause

The New York Times Baseball Blog - R.A. Dickey - 7 Dec, 2011
R.A. Dickey, the Mets pitcher, will climb Mount Kilimanjaro in January, in part to raise awareness for the Bombay Teen Challenge, an organization that rescues and cares for women and girls in Mumbai who are at risk of being abused and exploited. His posts will appear occasionally in Bats. "Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain 19,710 feet high, and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa. Its western summit is called the Masai 'Ngaje Ngai,' the House of God. Close to the western summit there is a dried and frozen carcass of a leopard. No one has explained what the leopard was seeking at that altitude." - Ernest Hemingway It was seventh grade when I first read those words from Hemingway's "The Snows of Kilimanjaro." - I'm not sure why they stuck with me so vividly through the next 24 years. Perhaps it was the spiritual ...

What's Happening Around Malaysia - Charity climb funds given out

Tan Sri Ami Shah Maharaja Blog - 6 Dec, 2011
Funds raised from a charity climb up Mount Kinabalu organised by strategic financial adviser company, McMillan Woods, was distributed to eight beneficiaries recently. The Oct 10 expedition, themed "Climb for Charity", collected over RM100,000. It saw the participation of 50 climbers comprising the company staff and members of sponsor organisations. McMillan Woods president Datuk Raymond Liew said the programme provided an opportunity for the firm’s members worldwide to come together while giving back to society. "At McMillan Woods we hope this is the beginning for many more corporate initiatives to help the less unfortunate." "We hope other corporate players, be they Malaysian or international, will share this sentiment in extending their financial assistance," he said at the dinner event. ...

Fit Chasers: Climbing for a cause close to Home = Alzheimer's - 5 Dec, 2011
Climbing for a cause close to Home = Alzheimer's. After Rainier you think we might take a little bit of a break and relax a little. It is amazing how addicting climbing mountains can be especially when you are getting better and better at it. After raising money for the Bob Valentine foundation I began to be really interested about climbing for a good cause that meant a lot to me and my family. I contacting the Colorado Alzheimer’s association and began talking to Michelle Nelson about how to set up a page and try and raise money for Alzheimer’s. I wanted to do this in memory of my Grandparents Ed and Dorothy Christenson who both passed away due to this disease. I began to wear a purple shirt on all my summit attempts and have done so to this ...

Interview: Logan Sama to climb Kilimanjaro For Charity

Grime Forum - 3 Dec, 2011
If you've not heard yet, Kiss FM DJ and multi-Grime Award winner "Logan Sama" is set to climb Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest Mountain standing at around 19,340 feet (5,895 meters). All in aid of charity, we got a chance to ask the man himself a few questions before he sets off on this challenge. Remember 100% of donations go to charity (Help 4 Heroes, Save The Children & The Irish Guard Appeal), so if you can you can support below. What got you involved in the climb or gave you the idea to do this? My Dad came up with the idea and we all got together and agreed to do it together and raise as much as we could. Who are you climbing with? I'll be climbing with my Dad and my younger brother, so it will be a family affair. ...

We Have Reached Our Goal of $100000!

Climb For The Cause - 2 Dec, 2011
We would like to thank the Climb For The Cause Donors and Pledgers. With your contribution we will be able to provide the necessary financial assistance, support, and connection to resources and encouragement, to families facing the challenges of cancer. From all of us at the AGSS Memorial Foundation, thank you! Thanks to National Flight Services for their support of the Climb For The Cause. We are proud to present them with this framed presentation ...

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Chris O'Grady
December 31, 2011