In partnership with the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation, Choose a Challenge offers 20 explorers from UMass-Amherst the chance to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. It is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and for many people, standing on its summit is a lifelong ambition. The snow-capped peak was first reached by German explorers in the late 19th Century and you will follow in their footsteps as you attempt to scale this mighty mountain! The world’s highest free-standing peak and tallest volcano, Mt. Kilimanjaro, rises alone from the surrounding savannah. Situated in Tanzania, this challenge is an amazing opportunity to not only climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, but also to explore East Africa and learn about its rich culture and diverse landscapes.
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But how does this work?
Here at Choose a Challenge, we have a wholly unique model which combines the best of adventure travel with the opportunity to do an amazing thing for others. 50% of your minimum fundraising target will go towards the cost of your adventure and the other 50%+ will go towards the incredible work of theAndrew McDonough B+ Foundation. As such our trips cost you very little.
Registration fees (you pay): $590
Fundraising target (you raise): $5,000-$6,000
Extended Return Option (you choose): +$1,290
Optional Extension Trip:
SAFARI & ZANZIBAR
meet the team
For the UMass Amherst 2018 Challenge, Choose a Challenge is working with Ben Burtis to lead 20 adventurers to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. This Challenge will be in aid of Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation.
Originally from Falmouth, Massachusetts, Ben is a Senior at UMass Amherst and is a part of the UMass Outing Club and plays Intramural Volleyball. In his free time he enjoys hiking, long boarding, soccer, swimming, climbing, and anything involving the outdoors.
Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation
B+ honors the life of Andrew McDonough. Andrew battled leukemia, septic shock and complications of childhood cancer for 167 days before passing away on July 14, 2007, at the age of 14. Andrew’s B+ blood type became his family’s and friends’ motto throughout his fight against childhood cancer — to “Be Positive”. Currently we are the largest provider of financial assistance to families of kids with cancer in the United States.
"Hi everyone I'm Mike, the V.P. of Marketing here at Choose a Challenge, and I'll be working closely with the UMass Amherst team. If you have any questions please feel to email me or message me on Facebook."
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