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Sunday, 10 August 2014

6 Nigerians Set To Climb Mt Kilimanjaro To Create Awareness and Raise Funds for The Down Syndrome Foundation

A group of 6 young Nigerian professionals are set to embark on a 6-day climbing trip of Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. The participants are using this initiative as a fundraiser to support the activities of the Lagos-based Down Syndrome Foundation. The person behind Inspired by Charity which is anchoring the project, Mr. Adedotun Eyinade, said the charity climb tagged "Climb for Down Syndrome" would hold from the 16th to 23rd August, 2014.

He said, "The hiking party hopes to use the climb to raise awareness about Down Syndrome and to raise 10 million naira for the Down Syndrome Foundation, Nigeria. DSF is a renowned charity that works to provide leadership, support and advocacy in all areas of concern as it relates to persons with Down syndrome in Nigeria. “Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro remains a physical and mental challenge and for many of us, it will be one of the most physically exerting things we would do in our youth” he added.

Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania, the highest freestanding mountain at 5,895m or 19,341 feet above sea level, attracts over 40,000 people every year. Of the 7 summits, it is the easiest to climb, requiring no ropes, or special mountaineering gears or previous climbing experience. The Climb for Down Syndrome party will climb through the Machame route, one of the 7 routes to Uhuru summit. 

A fellow with Acumen Fund, Eyinade said the team would partner with the media, especially new media platforms to raise awareness about the disorder. He stated, ‘‘As socially minded professionals, we consider the climbing a transformational experience, one which requires courage, grit and determination. We are excited about the prospect of using the mountaineering to place Down Syndrome on the front burners of public discourse. The professionals will be from KPMG, Seven Energy and Generation Enterprise among others.’’

Explaining that he decided to give his time to the cause of Down Syndrome because of his interest in humanity, Eyinade noted that the President, DSF, Mrs. Rose Mordi, lauded the team for dedicating the event to the cause of the foundation.

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