By Prosper Makene
Twelve American Military Veterans and Professional Athletes on Tuesday started their six days Mount Kilimanjaro mission, nicknamed Conquering Kili aiming at raising funds for clean water for about one million people worldwide.
The goal of Conquering Kili is to empower current and former athletes, military combat veterans, and clean water advocates from United States of America to unite for collective impact and better communities by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and raising funds to build sustainable water wells.
It started with Green Beret and former Seattle Seahawk Nate Boyer joining Chris Long in challenging combat veterans and NFL alumni to join them on a new mission: conquering Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro.
Each new Conquering Kili class accepts the challenge to embark for the summit, a walk that represents the miles that many African women journey on a daily basis to fetch water for their families. While training for the climb, each team member works to raise funds and transform communities through the gift of clean water.
This year’s Conquering Kili participants include Calder Kegley, Colin Anderson, David Aberg, Erin Baskin and Joe Pompliano. Others are Joe Witte, Jordan Heath, Kerry Rock, Scott Hardesty, Shane Harris and Shawn Carter.
According to Ms. Nancy Hopkins, who is the Executive Director of the Chris Long Foundation whose Conquering Kili is their Clean Water Initiative, the group is expected to reach Uhuru Peak on 26th February,2022 and back to Arusha on 27th February,2022