Whilst many are looking for the next big adventure, the next record to be broken or the most almost-imaginative-stunt (Austrian extreme athlete Felix Baumgartners 24-mile skydive from high in the stratosphere being one of them) a real world first was recently launched in London and is also a truly international event, for a great cause.
Female Adventurer Squash Falconer, who summitted Everest last year and has ridden a motorbike from the UK to Mont Blanc, climbed it, then paraglided off it, is joining a team of around 200 adventurers, including Commissioner of Police for the City of London Adrian Leppard and 1,000 porters from around the world to climb the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, before paragliding down from its 5895 metre peak on January 29, 2013.
The plan is to donate 100% of monies raised to support 3 charities, “One Foundation”, “Plant with Purpose” and World Serve International. These organisations are undertaking groundbreaking work in Tanzaniato address the severe problems of poverty in rural communities, deforestation and humanitarian issues including clean drinking water, HIV, nutrition and sanitation. They hope to raise at least 1 Million USD.
The challenge is the vision of Australian paraglider, Adrian McRae. Adrian spent two years negotiating with the Tanzanian government for a once-in-a-lifetime permit allowing a team of paragliders from around the world to launch off the peaks of Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain on the planet.
Wings of Kilimanjaro has already secured support from adventurers in over 60 countries from Peru to Russia who will begin their climb on 29 January 2013.If you want to support you can climb as a spectator, or fly with a professional flyer. The minimum to raise is just $5000 US.
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Written by Katy Dartford
Main image (Squash Falconer in action) credit David Spurdens.