A Poland doctor, in conjunction with the Butterflies of Hope Foundation, took his desire to help children to new heights after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.
Butterflies and Hope Memorial Founder and ONE Health CEO Dr. Ronald Dwinnells and his daughter Abbey made it to the summit of the mountain on June 28 – an elevation of 19,341 feet.
The climb was part of a fundraising effort to help children in the Valley who suffer from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). ACE circumstances can include children who suffer from childhood trauma such as physical, sexual, emotional and verbal abuse. Children who live in dysfunctional households are often described in this group as well.
Climb guides told the group that of all climbers who attempt to summit Kilimanjaro, only 40 percent are successful.
“The climb has been worth doing. If we can help even one child to have a better life through our awareness and fundraising efforts, then I would climb a mountain every single day,” Dwinnells said.
Sponsors were included on a banner that was displayed at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
The Butterflies and Hope Memorial Foundation will be hosting a “virtual” mountain climb fundraiser called “Climbing for Kids.” The community is invited to take part in virtually summiting Mount Kilimanjaro.
Participants will be asked to pay a registration donation to participate in the climb. Those who join the climb will track their daily steps for five days with the goal of reaching 50,000 total steps.
As climbers reach milestones, they will see pictures of what the mountain actually looks like at those elevations. Once participants have reached 50,000 steps, they will have reached the Roof of Africa.
The virtual mountain climb will begin in early August.
Details about the virtual climb will be finalized by July 30. A preview page for the event can be viewed at www.butterfliesand hope.org.