Special Olympics Australia Kilimanjaro Challenge

Kilimanjaro Challenge 2013

Congratulations to our Special Olympics Australia Kilimanjaro Challenge team who reached the summit on 7 March 2013. You are champions!

On 7 March 2013 our team met the challenge and reached the peak of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro in East Africa. Along the way they raised much-needed funds to allow athletes with an intellectual disability to participate in sport.

Support The Team

They made it! On 7 March 2013, our team reached the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The team took on the challenge is support of Special Olympics Australia with the aim to raise $100,000 to provide sports programs for 1,000 athletes aged 7-12 – and they are just short of their target. When they return exhausted and exhilarated we would love to let them know that they have met the challenge. If you can support the team please click here

Word from the Mountain

8 March 2013 | Joe, the team leader has sent a message from the mountain: 'What a fantastic effort from all of the team. Setting off at midnight we climbed towards the stars and it was no small feat! Everyone watched a spectacular sunrise from the crater rim! There were tears of joy, hugs, high fives, photos and utter disbelief at what an amazing thing we had just accomplished. Knowing each step was for such a worthwhile cause spurred us on! Standing on top of Mt Kilimanjaro, 5895m, the rooftop of Africa, congratulations team you truly are an inspiration! I feel so honoured to have shared this journey with you all.'

The Challenge

To view images from the Kilimanjaro Challenge visit the photo gallery.


In the Media

Cold Feat In Taking On Kilimanjaro, Frankston Weekly, 19 March 2013

Frankston mother and daughter to hike Kilimanjaro for a cause, Herald Sun, 1 March 2013

Damien Leith's wife, Eileen Stapleton, and Kathrine D'Costa will climb Mt Kilimanjaro for Special Olympics Australia, The Daily Telegraph, 26 February 2013

Reaching Summit of Hope, Courier Mail, 22 February 2013

Mums to climb Kilimanjaro for Special Olympics Australia, Inner West Courier