David speaks to Fundraising Officer at Adopt-a-School Cassandra Pireu-Pilossof.
Abel Ridgard, 25, has never been one to climb mountains. However, he is currently preparing to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa next month. Ridgard, one of the 13 volunteers getting ready to summit Kilimanjaro, said he always wanted to climb the Tanzanian mountain for a good cause. “This is what sparked instant inspiration to me.
I knew that this initiative was calling my name and there is no better way to participate in social responsibility than through a child’s life,” said Ridgard from Flight Centre Travel Group FCH Agora support. Ridgard who is from Randurg, Joburg, said for him the initiative was a blessing. In preparation for the climb, Ridgard has been part of regular fitness programmes for 10 months. On his training, he focused on cardio, endurance and strength. He also trained his legs, through 6km walk and jogging at least two-times a week.
“I worked on my mental strength through disciplinary habits and involvement in time sessions on high altitude training. Other preparations aspects, were healthy eating and getting tips from professional climbers,” he said.
Adopt-a-School Foundation (AAS) and Flight Centre Foundation, said they knew that they could make the strides that are needed to improve access to quality education without working with corporates and individuals. They said to grow and ensure stability, they required a collective effort that included corporates and individuals.
Reaching for Africa’s Highest Peak in aid of Education
Twenty climbers to scale Africa’s highest peak in support of literacy development and education in South Africa.
On 26 February 2019, the Adopt-a-School Foundation hosted the #Kili4Kids Climbers Press Launch. Twenty volunteers are set to begin their hike of Mount Kilimanjaro on 11 March 2019. These brave and adventurous volunteers are attempting to raise R1.4 million to construct a library, inclusive of resources, library books and librarian training for Qhobosheane Primary School in Diepkloof, Soweto.
Link To Original Articles: https://mypr.co.za/reaching-for-africas-highest-peak-in-aid-of-education/
Kilimanjaro trek to help raise money for new school library
The Adopt-A-School Foundation in Sandton and the Flight Centre Foundation will be embarking on an exciting journey to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for a school library.
A group of committed individuals have taken up the challenge of climbing to the Uhuru Peak, the highest peak on Kilimanjaro, in order to raise R1. 4 million to build a new school library at Qhobosheane Primary School in Soweto. In Swahili, Uhuru means freedom and the goal of Flight Centre Foundation and the Adopt-A-School Foundation is to create ‘freedom through opportunity’.
Diane Cleary, from the Flight Centre Foundation, said that it is their belief that education is the only truly sustainable way of improving the socio-economic problems in South Africa.
Read More In The Original Article: https://sandtonchronicle.co.za/220333/kilimanjaro-trek-to-help-raise-money-for-new-school-library/