Acacia Kilimanjaro Challenge
In June 2015, a team of Acacia staff, friends and family led by CEO, Brad Gordon and CFO, Andrew Wray raised over US$420,000 for CanEducate, a charity that provides educational sponsorships to impoverished and at-risk children primarily in Tanzania, but also in other sub-Saharan countries, by completing the challenge of a lifetime and reaching Uhuru Peak; the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, is the highest freestanding mountain in the World and Uhuru Peak, at 5,895m is the highest point in Africa. To get there the climbers spent 7 days tackling a variety of climate and terrain, along with physical challenges such as altitude sickness, which no amount of training could prepare them for.
Uhuru means freedom and we believe education brings freedom through choice, which is why CanEducate is the perfect recipient of funds raised through the climb. Our relationship with CanEducate began in 2010 when the initiative covered 158 students at Bulyanhulu. By the end of 2014 the programme had grown to cover 1,800 students across Bulyanhulu, Buzwagi and North Mara and has delivered some of the best performers in various schools in the National Form 4 examinations.
Costs for the climb were covered by the climbers themselves, and so 100% of donations are going straight to CanEducate. External donations amounted to $220,000 with Acacia matching the funds received up to up to a maximum of US$200,000 from the Acacia Maendeleo Fund, which means that any donation effectively counted twice!
We would all like to extend our sincere gratitude for the generosity of all who supported the cause. Every cent raised will be spent on education projects in Tanzania by CanEducate and the money that has been raised will make a massive difference to the lives of many children living in Tanzania. You can follow the progress of CanEducate on their website: www.caneducate.ca
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