On Day 7 of the adventure of a lifetime, our climbers finally reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, standing at 19,340 feet!
The last three days were not easy: the team conquered the Barranco Wall (one of the most challenging parts of the climb), braved the cold winds at Barafu Camp and walked the winding, rocky paths along the rim of a crater. However, their reward, dramatic views from the “roof of Africa”, combined with the pride of having reached their goal and the satisfaction of helping hundreds of thousands of children to reach their full potential through literacy, was priceless.
No words can express how proud we are of the 14 participants and their dedication to our cause. A special thank you goes out to Chris Bredt, the instigator of the Summit for Literacy, who is climbing Kilimanjaro in support of CODE for the third time in eight years. Chris was profiled in this weekend’s 'Giving Back' column in the Globe and Mail.
We’re also grateful for those supported the climb; thanks to their generosity, nearly $203,000 have been raised so far to support our literacy programs in Africa.
Thanks to everyone who posted their words of encouragement for the climbers on our Kili page. Send your own message now!