We are a group of 19 volunteers from Malta who in January 2020 will venture up the slopes of the highest free-standing mountain on the planet, Kilimanjaro, in the hope of making it to the summit and at the same time fund-raising for a worthy cause.
As you may be aware, the previous twelve expeditions up the mountain were very successful, both in terms of success rates as well as fund-raising prowess. To quantify, in excess of €650,000 have so far been collected and invested in the construction of a school and convent in the Ethiopian village of Bulbula, a wing for a 3-in-1 project , as well as a house hosting 100 physically disabled, deaf and blind children in Kenya, a clinic in Sakko and Kindergarten Schools in Gambela; Dembidolo and Jemu - all three in Ethiopia.
Through Kilimanjaro Challenge 13 (KC13), we will be once again assisting a project recently undertaken by the Moviment Missjunarju Gesù fil-Proxxmu (“Jesus in Thy Neighbour” Missionary Movement).
This time round the KC13 expedition will be fund-raising to collect €100,000 to finance the construction of a primary school, this time round in Bonga, Ethiopia.
The Kilimanjaro Challenge runs hand-in-hand with ‘The Missionary Movement – Jesus in thy
Neighbour’, that has been coordinated by the late Dun George Grima for the last 25 years and
finances and manages hundreds of projects involving the poorest of children in Brazil, Kenya
It all started around 13 years ago when the late Dun Gorg approached Keith Marshall for
assistance in funding a project, and the Kilimanjaro Challenge was born. Since its inception,
the challenge has seen around 200 hardy expedition members take on the highest free-standing
mountain in the world to raise funds for various projects.
Keith Marshall is also assisted by past KC members like Austin Cachia, David Schembri in co-
ordinating and training the KC team, especially until the committee is formed.