UPDATE: For a few reasons (all good) our climb has been postponed to October. October is Kilimanjaro’s driest month (April is the rainiest) so I’m pretty happy for the move. I think our film crew will be happy as well. And now there is more time to fundraise for the critically endangered eastern black rhino. (Details for donations are below in the original post.)
I am also super excited that Patagonia has signed on to be our official gear sponsor. I am a huge Patagonia fan so I am thrilled about this. Not only will I have the best gear around to help me on this climb but I’ll have the most eco-friendly gear as well. Thank you to Patagonia!
Original Post: I am beyond excited to announce that I am climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in April with a group of the coolest green girls around for the non-profit Climb for Conservation. Climb for Conservation raises awareness and funds for land, water & wildlife conservation. The leader of our pack and founder of Climb for Conservation, Ginna Kelly, is a wicked smart attorney AND model that has a passion for conservation that truly inspires.
Ginna has organized a group of eco-conscious, highly-visible women who truly believe in conservation, to make the trek up and down Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Oh, and did I mention that Mariel Hemingway is joining us for the climb! (Yes, granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, health guru, & ocsar-nominated Mariel Hemingway) How crazy awesome is that? Want more? Lelani Munter, that gorgeous tree-hugging race car driver will be climbing with us too. The April Kilimanjaro climb is the organization’s kick-off climb and I am beyond honored to be a part of it.
So why would we climb a mountain to raise awareness? Because people will take note. We aren’t some smelly boys conquering a mountain. We are green girls on a mission and we have a message. Outside Television has already committed to airing several segments of our climb that will be documented every step of the way.
We climb because:
- Human activities and climate-related change could drive one-half of all species to extinction between now and 2100.
- Kilimanjaro is home to a glacier that has been rapidly retreating over the last 30 years. At the current rate, Kilimanjaro is expected to become ice free some time between 2022 – 2033.
- Tanzania is home to the highly endangered Eastern Black Rhino. You might remember that the Western Black Rhino was declared extinct just 3 months ago due to poaching. Our Kilimanjaro climb will directly benefit the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary, the largest sanctuary for the remaining Eastern Black Rhino.
I need your help making this climb a success. I am fundraising to ensure there is money to be donated to the Rhino Sanctuary and am hoping to find some personal donations to help cover costs as well. Donations are tax deductible and come with a serious dose of good Karma. If you would like to help support our efforts and the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary, please make a donation here. I am committed to raising a certain amount of money so please email either myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ginna (email@example.com) and let us know that you are donating in my name. (If you would like to personally sponser me, please send me an email.) I know times are hard right now and I am grateful for any amount that you may be able to give. And if you have a company that would be interested in donating or sponsoring, please let me know.