Wings of Kilimanjaro project plans to raise funds through charity scaling of Mount Kilimanjaro in an event expected to draw huge number of visitors in February.
The organizers projected to hit over one million dollars to cater for three unnamed charitable communities of Tanzania.
Besides ordinary mountain scaling visitors, the event is also expected to draw attention of world-class paragliders and philanthropists to climb to the top of the continent’s highest peak.
Plant With Purpose, One Foundation and World Serve International charities will raise funds through a scheduled event which will draw up to 200 adventurers.
Project manager Paula McRae said the funds to be raised will highlight to address severe problems of deforestation in Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions.
“Plant With Purpose has also address poverty in most of rural communities whereby traditionally families depend on farmland, fuel and wood for cooking or heating. Therefore they have resorted to cutting down trees in Tanzania’s original forests” , Mc Rae noted.
According to her, One Difference has changed the lives of over 2 million people, working with communities in Africa to address some of the most pressing humanitarian issues of the day, including clean drinking water, HIV, nutrition and sanitation.
Earlier last week, Wings of Kilimanjaro project manager Paula McRae had the pleasure of meeting with President Jakaya Kikwete during his trip to Arusha.
When briefed about the upcoming Wings of Kilimanjaro event, the President expressed “his appreciation to the Wings of Kilimanjaro team for supporting Tanzania through fund-raising efforts hence promotion of Kilimanjaro across the world.
Kikwete acknowledged recent media attention about Mount Kilimanjaro Float in the Lord Mayors Parade in London, a telecast on British Broadcasting Cooperation (BBC) and recent feature in National Geographic as well the public endorsement and support from Tanzania’s Goodwill Ambassador, Doug Pitt.
The Wings of Kilimanjaro teams are excited to introduce Tanzanians to a sport that is relatively new to the nation, the ‘paragliding’. The team will be running a competition during the event where they will be giving two Tanzanians a chance to win a flight with one of the team of professional paragliding pilots.