My husband, Jeff, and I have decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  It isn’t as random as you would think.  We both love the outdoors and mountain climbing.  Jeff has climbed at least a dozen 14’ers (14,000 -foot mountains) and I have climbed – about 2.  We originally talked about doing it a year ago, but in all honesty, I chickened out!  (See, Healthy Lifestyle Goals of 2010)  But this time, we have filled out the paperwork and paid our deposit.  So, we’re going.  Our expedition, led by Jeff Evans of MountainVisions Expeditions, is set to depart in August of 2012 and my physical training has begun.  This trip is sure to test me in more than physical ways – mental, emotional and spiritual as well!  I am looking forward to the challenge.  We all need to get outside of our comfort zones to keep growing and learning in life, don’t we?
I can’t even think about going to Africa without wondering how children and families live in other countries.  As many of our children in this country are overfed, others in many parts of the world are starving.  It just breaks my heart to think about a child being born into a reality where there is an inadequate supply of food to grow their young bodies.
The great news is that we can help!  Jeff and I have partnered with World Vision, “a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.”  They are currently serving 100 countries including Tanzania where we will be going.  In fact, when we go, we are planning to meet our World Vision sponsored child!
Help me help others by donating to our special fundraiser.  Our goal is to raise $10,000 for the food and agriculture fund by next August.  This fund will help provide families with much needed training, tools and supplies to raise and grow their own food.
Depending on your donation, your dollar amount will provide:
2 chickens: $25
5 Ducks: $30
5 Fruit trees: $30
Fishing kit: $40
Goat: $75
Share of a deep well: $100
Sheep: $105
Pig: $195
Alpaca: $360
Dairy Cow: $500
Bull: $715

This Thanksgiving, give thanks by paying it forward and helping another family.  Check out our fundraising page.  Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support our fundraising efforts.  All funds collected go directly to World Vision. No funds raised go toward the cost of the climb.
You are welcome to follow us as we have dedicated a blog entirely to our upcoming climb.  The blog is called, “Will Climb 4Food: Overcoming For a Higher Purpose.”  Come on over and read about our training progress.  We’re hoping to do some posts on our trek!

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