GGM launches Mt Kilimanjaro Challenge for 2013

Geita Gold Mine (GGM) launches this year’s Mt. Kilimanjaro Challenge on Friday expected to raise funds for creating awareness and provide financial support to HIV/AIDS initiative.

The GGM Director, Mr Omari Issa, said in a statement that the launch will also involve naming and disbursing of funds to organisations which have benefitted from funds raised in the 2012 fund raising event.

“Institutions which had no funds to operate get relieved with this charity; Children, who had lost their parents with HIV disease, are now finding care and love and can smile again,” he said. 

The Kilimanjaro Challenge initiative began in 2002 involving 47 climbers and managed to raise 62m/-.

“It is this humble beginning and modest success that encouraged GGM to make the climb an annual event for a national cause. Since then an average of 40 to 50 climbers joined the challenge’s expedition annually,” he said.

Mr Issa said to date, more than 500 individuals across the globe have participated in the climb and raised more than 2bn/- which have supported over 30 NGO’s to fight against HIV/ AIDS in Tanzania.

“The initiative aligns the challenge with existing government HIV/AIDS initiatives and programmes while giving local climbers opportunity to climb Mt Kilimanjaro,” he said.

According to him in the past 11 years many people have participated in climbing expedition the youngest being an eleven year old boy and oldest was the former president Ali Hassan Mwinyi at 84 years of age. an appreciation of 5.18 points.
Source: The Daily News, reported from Dar es Salaam
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