Climb the Highest Mountain in Africa to Help Children with AIDS

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Harrisburg, PA – January 13, 2009 – The American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA, www.helpchildrenwithAIDS.org) announced today that there are only five places left for their first-ever fundraising trek up Mount Kilimanjaro. Scheduled for September 13–24, 2009, the climb will raise life-saving funds to provide medication and medical supplies for children with HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

The total team will consist of 12 climbers, each of whom will commit to raising funds for AFCA. There are currently seven participants from across the U.S. Funds raised by the participants will help support AFCA's programs that provide anti-retrovirals and other medicine, medical supplies and food to HIV/AIDS children and their caregivers living in Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

One of the climbers, Rena Alekperova of Los Angeles, CA, commented, “The reason to make the climb is simple for me: I just want these kids to have the same opportunity as my son and other kids. I also want my son to be aware of all of this. He voluntarily donated $25 of his Christmas gift. If he can learn to be giving, whether it's money, feelings, or time, then I have done something right.”

Tanya Weaver, AFCA's Executive Director, added, “AFCA has received tremendous support from the climbing community around the world. We think the challenge of climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is an appropriate symbol for the uphill battle HIV/AIDS children face.”

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa, with a summit of 19,340 feet. The trip is 10 days: the first two days participants arrive and get acclimated; the trek is seven days; participants are free to relax and explore the area the last day. The trek will be led by Summit Expeditions and Nomadic Experience (http://www.nomadicexperience.com/). Though challenging, Mount Kilimanjaro is successfully climbed by thousands of fit people from 12 to some even in their 80s.

AFCA provides tips and information for raising funds. AFCA is a not-for-profit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible. For more details, please go to www.climbupsokidscangrowup.com or call AFCA at 888-683-8323.

About Climb Up So Kids Can Grow Up and American Foundation for Children with AIDS
Climb Up So Kids Can Grow Up is a series of global climbing events to raise money for the American Foundation for Children with AIDS. The Kilimanjaro Climb in September 2009 will be the first African trek.

The American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA) is a not-for-profit foundation providing medical supplies and aid to children in countries hardest hit by HIV/AIDS including Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe. For more information or to make a donation, please go to www.helpchildrenwithaids.org.

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