The Countdown is ON!
Climb Up So Kids Can Grow Up!
I’m VERY excited to announce that next August (August 30 – Sept 8 2017) I’ll be teaming up with the American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA) to
climb CONQUER the highest peak in all of Africa – Kilimanjaro (5,895 m | 19,340 ft)! This will definitely be one of the highlights of my life and I’m inviting you to join me in this once in a lifetime adventure.
Climb Up So Kids Can Grow Up provides adventure travel opportunities for individuals and groups. The primary purpose of these trips is to raise funds which go directly to support AFCA’s programs, helping children affected and/or infected by AIDS. As added benefits, you will learn about different cultures while pushing yourself physically. Great beauty will surround you, but better yet the knowledge that you are helping children who desperately need care will motivate you to reach a summit or hike just a bit further.
As mentioned above, the funds raised by activities such as this climb by AFCA, goes directly to programs to help children infected and affected by Aids. As a father of three girls, it’s very comforting to know that by embarking on such an adventure, other children will benefit from it. Children who probably don’t have the support structure I grew up with and now provide for my daughters. The internet allows me to connect with over 1 million people globally every month and though I don’t consider myself a celebrity or famous, I do have a large audience and I hope I can help spread some awareness. It’s a human cause and something we should all try to be part of.
Chris gone MAD! I can hear it now, people wondering what possessed Chris to try to climb a mountain over 19,000 feet high? Must be ah mid-life crisis! Nah..Nah! For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to climb a mountain and people close to me will attest to this. After being introduced to Tanya (Executive Director, AFCA) and learning about the tremendous ways they are bettering lives (besides these climbs), I knew I wanted to be part of AFCA and by extension, this climb.
Beyond having the opportunity to realize a life’s dream (to climb a mountain) and in the process, to help children, there are a few other reasons why Conquering Kilimanjaro will be special for me…
- I plan to dedicate this climb to Kieana, Tehya and India (my daughters). So when they look at what I did… I want them to know that no goal or feat is impossible.
- Get it shape physically and mentally! I’ve been working in front of a computer for the past 18+ years, so my body does not reflect the military nor sporty physic I once had. However, I’m already training 4-5 days a week and I can feel my body getting stronger and more capable for what lies ahead. This is not an excuse to get in shape, but a catalyst to do more – be more!
- Homecoming? This will be the first time I’ll ever set foot on African soil and that in itself will be very special to me. If you’ve been following my exploits on CaribbeanPot.com, you’ll know that a vast majority of our (Caribbean) recipes are an evolution of African culinary culture. As someone of a mixed race heritage, I’m very proud of the fact that I can trace some of my roots back to Africa. Homecoming Indeed!
- This trip will make me the first of my ‘family’ to ever visit Africa. Back when Tehya and I visited Seoul South Korea, that too was a first for my family.
- Pride! I can just imagine the pride in their voices as the relate to others how their son is in Africa, climbing a mountain. My mom and dad are very special to me, so any opportunity I can give them the chance to strut around like a peacock to their friends, it gives me overwhelming joy. Don’t get me wrong – they are two of the most humble people you’ll ever meet.
- Personal Achievement! You hit a point in life where things change, people change and you find yourself realizing that you want MORE! This is a beginning for me!
- An opportunity to BRING Africa, this climb and hopefully the relentless work of AFCA to you, my audience. The goal is to create a personal diary of video clips to share with you the entire journey. You’re my extended family and I quite enjoy sharing my experiences with you. I know this is NOT for everyone, but there’s no reason why you should not be part of this historic journey.
How YOU Can Be Part Of It!
VERY SIMPLE! Click Here – Climb Kilimanjaro and choose [Aug 30 – Sept 8, 2017 (open team) – Team De La Rosa – Conquering Kilimanjaro] as your team of choice. Alternatively you can contact me directly or Tanya @ TWeaver@AFCAids.org We’re both here to answer all your questions and help make this the life-changing adventure it will be. As a team we’ll make a massive difference in the lives of many children and in turn do something many of us never thought we’d have the opportunity to accomplish.
Watch This Video and tell me you’re not EXCITED!
AFCA teams fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport where someone from SENE meets them. After loading the gear into vehicles, team members will enjoy a drive that takes them through the flat farmlands leading to the lush slopes of Kilimanjaro. The ride will end at Mbahe Farm where climbers relax and enjoy the hospitality of SENE staff for the next 1-2 days.
Mbahe Farm sits at 6,400 feet above sea level and offers climbers the opportunity to acclimate to altitude and enhances the changes of summiting. In addition, Mbahe Farm is tucked into the beautiful countryside and offers peaceful vistas with the ever-present sound of a waterfall in the background.
After this peaceful respite, the SENE staff will lead the team to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro following the Machame Route. Click here for details about the Machame Route. Climbers will spend 6 nights and 7 days on the mountain climbing through four climate zones to reach Uhuru Peak, the pinnacle of the climb.
At the conclusion of every climb, climbers return to Mbahe Farm for a celebration dinner with the guides and porters of SENE. It’s a lively, song-filled evening that brings the Climb Up Kilimanjaro experience to a wonderful conclusion.
I invite you to join me! Click Here – Climb Kilimanjaro and choose [August 30 – Sept 8 (open team) – Team De La Rosa – Conquering Kilimanjaro]