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San Diego Nonprofit Participates in Record-Breaking Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb and Flight
World-class athletes raise over $500,000 for environmental conservation through Wings of Kilimanjaro SAN DIEGO—February 26, 2013— San Diego based nonprofit Plant With Purpose was one of three charities that benefitted from one of the most unusual and dramatic fundraising events ever, as 94 climbers from 27 countries climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with the intention of paragliding from the summit. The event, dubbed Wings of Kilimanjaro, also included 600 local porters and guides working as support staff. At 19,341 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world and a prize for mountaineers wishing to climb the highest peaks on each continent. The group broke the record for the largest expedition to summit the mountain, and while summiting success rates on Kilimanjaro typically range between 45 to 65 percent, Wings of Kilimanjaro achieved an astonishing 100 percent success rate, placing every single climber on the summit. Plant With Purpose’s Development Director Doug Satre participated in the planning of the event and made the summit with the rest of the team. “Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with this group was an incredibly moving experience, both as an adventure and as a way to promote reforestation and clean water in Tanzania,” he said. “The hike itself was beautiful, but we had the opportunity to climb the mountain with a large group selfless and dedicated people, and that really made this event unique.” The climb was only half the event though, as the climbers intended to paraglide from the summit rather than hiking down to the valley below. However, severe winds prevented the launch from happening as planned, and only one pilot, National Geographic 2012 Adventurer of the Year Sano Babu Sunawar managed to launch and fly safely to the valley. The rest made the long hike down the trail. While the pilots were disappointed, Wings of Kilimanjaro organizer Australian Adrian McRae stated, “It was not about setting records. It was about raising money for charity and giving some of the most accomplished adventurers in the world, one of the biggest and coolest adventures they will ever have.” With all the pilots safely on the ground, the adventurers visited Plant With Purpose’s work on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. Pilots planted trees alongside local farmers, toured farms, and participated in microfinance groups. This was a fitting end to an adventure with a purpose and a testimony to the lasting impact that Wings of Kilimanjaro will have in Tanzania. ###
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