The Malta Independent 22 February 2020, Saturday

12th Kilimanjaro Challenge launched

Saturday, 21 July 2018, 14:36 Last update: about 3 years ago

The 12th Kilimanjaro Challenge (KC12) which will see 17 people climbing the highest free-standing mountain in the world at the end of this year in a bid to raise money to help an Ethiopian community, was launched today.

Over the past 11 years, more than €720,000 were collected through the challenge for ten projects in Kenya and Ethiopia, all of which were orchestrated by the 'Missionary Movement Jesus in Thy Neighbour'(VO/0140), founded by the late Fr George Grima.

Challenge founder Keith Marshall said that the projects that have been completed so far have greatly helped their respective communities. The projects financed by Kilimanjaro Challenge were; the construction of a school and convent in the Ethiopian village of Bulbula,a wing for a 3-in-1 project, a house hosting 100 physically disabled, deaf and blind children in Kenya, a clinic in Sakko, a Kindergarten school in Gambella, Dembidolo area, Jemu area and WushWush, Ethiopia.

Austin Cachia, KC co-organiser said that this year's challenge is to collect €90,000 to finance the completion of a Centre for Disabled Children in Bonga, Ethiopia. This is a 1.2-million-euro project that was started by Fr. George Grima who sadly passed away in September 2017 and so, never got to see the completion of it.For this reason, the project will be named in his honour.

Expedition member Taryn Mamo Cefai, said that the team has been training since March and will head to Kilimanjaro, Africa on the 24th of December. After spending eight days on the mountain, the team will continue their journey onto Ethiopia to inaugurate the project.

The members of KC12 will be organising various events throughout the year to collect the necessary donations. The next event is a BBQ that will be held at the Hilton hotel on the 31st July 2018.  All proceeds from this event will go towards financing the project. One can find the event on facebook or can contact Ian Buhagiar on 77565758 for more information.

You can assist us by sending donations on the following numbers -

Phone numbers:

51502084 - €5

51602028 - €10

51802095 - €25


SMS Numbers:

50618062 - €4.66

50618861 - €6.99

50619261 - €11.65

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