The Kilimanjaro Challenge compromises a group of individuals from all walks of life that come together almost every year to challenge the highest free-standing mountain in the world, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with the scope of raising funds for charity. The Challenge was started 15 years ago when the late Dun Gorg Grima, founder of the missionary movement ‘Gesu fil-Proxxmu’, approached Keith Marshall for assistance in funding a project in Ethiopia.
Every year Moviment Missjunarju, assigns a project to the Kilimanjaro Challenge, which in turn raises funds for the chosen project by organising fund raising activities during the year. On average, each project would cost around 70,000 euro.
For the past 15 years, the challenge was done nearly every year with over 220 members reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro and raising in excess of €840,000 for various projects in Africa, including daycare centres, kindergartens and small hospitals.
Various members from past Kilimanjaro Challenges – Austin Cachia, David Schembri, Matthew Spiteri, Keith Vella & Ian Buhagiar are involved in the coordination of Kilimanjaro Challenge, together with Keith Marshall.
The adventure element of the Kilimanjaro Challenge provides the perfect springboard for the collection of donations which are the lifeline for these projects.
The building of the projects is entrusted to people on the ground that coordinate construction and follow-up once they are financed and up and running. The Moviment associates also visits these projects on a regular basis to make sure that everything is running smoothly.