Climbing Kilimanjaro for a Cause!
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
South Africa is a country with boundless potential. The land is as rich in minerals and wildlife as it is beautiful. But the real potential in any country lies in the people. A passionate and hardworking people that can withstand adversity and handle it with class.
But with the unemployment rate being as high as it is, there is nowhere for our people to turn. Things must change. Education is our only hope.
In times like this we all need to come together and prove why we’re unbreakable. From the smallest individual to the biggest companies, we can turn these lemons into lemonade.
The Flight Centre Foundation in conjunction with the Adopt-a-School Foundation is working to build a library for the Qhobosheane Primary School in Soweto.
To raise funds and awareness for this, the FC Foundation will be climbing Kilimanjaro in March 2019 as part of the #Kili4Kids campaign. Summiting the peak of the tallest mountain in Africa is no small feat. The volunteers will spend months training selflessly to raise funds and ultimately to turn the Qhobosheane school library into a reality.
This is a gruelling challenge. A decision not taken lightly by any of the volunteers and something that will undoubtedly stay with them for life. But it will turn heads and ultimately raise the awareness needed to fund the library. A cause far greater than any challenge!
Recruitment Business Leader, Roxy Gonsalves, is one of the brave souls taking to the mountain in March. When asked about her motivation to climb to the top of Africa Roxy said “As a Charity Champion (which is a committee who offers support to the FC foundation), I always try and put my hand up to help any people who need it.”
For Roxy it’s all about improving the lives of the 450 children at Qhobosheane Primary School. “Being able to build a library for the beautiful children, and give them the opportunity to learn and grow, and enjoy what we take for granted, is why I would put myself through the killer walk up Kilimanjaro”.
Some Flight Centre staff have decided to take the idea a step further. Andrew Grunewald (FC Business School Leader) has committed to climbing the height of Kilimanjaro (5895m) in nine months at CityROCK in Johannesburg and is going to document his journey on Youtube.
Andrew is a complete novice climber and will need to learn not only how to climb but also scale the CityRock walls at least four hundred times over the course of nine months. Now that’s commitment!
Let’s take a feather from Andrew’s cap and help raise awareness about this worthy cause. To get involved, visit the FC Foundation website.
The core focus of the FC Foundation and FC Business School is to help educate South Africa's population and in turn lower the unemployment rate in the coming years.
You can keep up with Andrew’s journey by subscribing to the Flight Centre Foundation’s Youtube channel.