Our final blog … climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro!

As promised, we are posting several videos about our Hike 4 Healthcare up Mt. Kilimanjaro. We explained a lot about our hike in the March 12 update, but the videos bring it all to life!

The first video is an explanation of why we decided to climb a mountain, and includes an update about our first day of hiking. We are standing on the porch of the eating hall overlooking the forest, and includes a side hike we took to a small crater in the mountain. We were amazed at how far the peak was from us. It was quite daunting to say the least!

The second video is taken with our friend, Jesse. We wanted everyone to meet him our so that he could explain his amazing safari company. He believes in the Pro-Mot Healthcare program so much that he decided to show his support by hiking with us in the Hike 4 Healthcare.

Unfortunately, we were too exhausted, sleep-deprived, and light headed to remember to take videos after the second day. Fortunately, a Tanzanian guide took an accidental video on the top of Kilimanjaro when we were taking photos at Uhuru Peak. At least you can see where we were!

After hiking down the mountain for two days and several hours, we were serenaded by our crew. One of our guides, Sudi, told us that the porters are grateful for the work and that they don’t have anything to give back to us as a thank you gift, so they wanted to sing a few songs for us as their gift. A short video of our “gift” is included in our final video.

When we finally made it home, took a shower, got 14 hours of sleep, and we were able to somewhat put ourselves together the next day. That is when we took a final videoto explain the remainder of our trip, which includes us reaching the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro!

Again, thank you to everyone who has generously donated to the Hike 4 Healthcareeffort that will go toward the Pro-Mot Healthcare program for the children served by Building a Caring Community. Every dollar makes a difference. We have reached a little less than half of our goal, and would like to remind you that it is not too late to donate. If you are interested in donating to the Pro-Mot Healthcare program, please contact Megan at megan.moslander@mosaicinfo.org.

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