Friday, September 28, 2007

Climb Up So Kids Can Grow Up raised $13,500 in last weekend's event

Climbers, bike riders, and hikers all across the United States participated in a climbathon last weekend (Sept 22-23) to raise funds for children with aids. The climbathon, called Climb Up So Kids Can Grow Up, raised over $13,500 - enough for 38 children to have daily life-saving medicine for an entire year! Congratulations to the American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA) for this success and to all the participants who contributed to this important event.

Climbers, bikers, and hikers across the country all contributed in their unique ways. Each registered to climb something - whether it was a mountain, hill, rock, boulder, ice, tree, or a staircase - and each sought pledges for their efforts to raise money for the cause. Here are some examples of what people climbed:

-One man climbed 30 pitches in one day.
-A team of bikers rode 114 miles (with over 7,500 feet of vertical gain) through the Cascade Mountains.
-A 4-year old girl hiked in her neighborhood and managed to fundraise more than any other single individual.
-With his baby on his back, one man hiked up a hill on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
-A dedicated duo of students raised money by organizing their own mini-event at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.
-A church youth group hiked together, joined by families
-A gym in NH joined forces with Mammut to host a "Free climbing day" to invite the community to help those across the world

Get Ready for 2008
Mark your calendars to hike, climb, walk, ride or to be a sponsor for our September 20 and 21, 2008 climbathon.

About the AFCA
American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA) is an independent international humanitarian aid organization established in 2004. AFCA is recognized as a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization incorporated in the state of Kansas, USA. The mission of AFCA is to improve the lives of children and youth struggling with the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. We provide cost-effective relief, services, medical and social support, education and advocacy to help these individuals achieve their full life potential.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for this lovely write-up. Looking forward to next year's event!

American Alpine Institute said...

Of course, it's the least we can do! Great job on all your work, and happy planning for next year!

-All of us here at AAI