Lone Tree, 04/26/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/
TANZANIA, AFRICA–This year’s Geita Gold Mine Kilimanjaro Challenge expedition will take place in 16thJuly, celebrating its 15th year in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Tanzania. A fundraising expedition up to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, this challenge aims to join government efforts in combating the pandemic of HIV/AIDS across the country.
Trekkers, spectators, supporters, and government officials will meet at the Machame gate on 16th, July this year as they start the climbing toward the top of Africa.
This climb will follow the Machame Route and end with a goal of raising awareness and funds to combat the virus and its effect to the communities.
The country of Tanzania has been hard hit by HIV & AIDS, with around 1.5 million people living with the virus. While rates of infection have slowly declined in recent years, additional support is critical to making a real difference in halting it altogether.
The Kilimanjaro Challenge has grown from humble beginnings since its’ inception in 2002 to a multinational event, which has raised in excess of U$500,000 per annum in recent years. Working with other partners,The Geita Gold Mine Kilimanjaro HIV/AIDS Challenge has brought hope where there was none before. The building of orphanages, schools, clinics, counseling centers and refurbishing existing local and regional medical facilities has helped many communities across Tanzania to rebuild and flourish.
The 2015 climb brought the total number of climbers to have participated in this great event to more than 500 from almost 20 countries across the globe. More than 30 (Non-government Organizations) NGO’s countrywide have benefited from the Kilimanjaro challenge, with several of the smaller NGO’s relying heavily on the support of the funds raised by the annual event. Since the inception of the Kilimanjaro Challenge in 2002, the percentage of HIV/AIDS infections in Tanzania has dropped from 13% to 5.1%, which is real evidence of how effective the joint effort has brought impact on combating HIV & AIDS in the country.
Do you want to climb the tallest Mt. in Africa and the 2nd to the World? Kili Challenge is now giving opportunities to individuals. You will be able to be part of the team who are climbing this year….Why miss this lifetime opportunity with an impact to the communities?
Join dozens of other climbers, both seasoned and brand new, this year in the trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. Support this cause while experiencing one of the great wonders of the earth with a group of passionate and dedicated adventurers.
About ZARA TOURS
ZARA TOURS, founded in 1987, is currently the No. 1 Kilimanjaro outfitter in Tanzania and one of the largest safari operators in the country. Proud to be known as one of the best operators in the region with a reputation for providing an exceptional, unforgettable and safe experience, ZARA TOURS owns and operates two hotels and four tented camps, has 88 safari and climbing expert guides who speak English, German and Spanish, and a fleet of fully-equipped vehicles that take tourists on safari adventures or treks up Mt. Kilimanjaro. ZARA TOURS also runs ZARA Charity, which plays a vital role in the local community by supporting vulnerable groups such as orphans, maasai women group, and more.
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