Crazy With Purpose (Tempted to Fly Off Mt. Kilimanjaro?)

Written by Plant With Purpose on November 17, 2011 in General

by Beth Clayton Luthye

Next year, a group of adrenaline junkies adventurers from around the globe will gather at the base of Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro. Not only do they plan to climb 19,341 feet to the top of the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, but once there, they are going to strap themselves into their paragliders and fly off the summit!

This will be the first time in more than 20 years that Tanzania’s government has allowed paragliders (or hang gliders or mountain bikes) on the mountain. But they have agreed to lift the ban in 2012 for one group—Kili20twelve. The government agreed to allow the event on one condition: Any funds raised have to spent on one of three areas of need within Tanzania: environment, health, or education.

Enter Plant With Purpose. Kili20twelve is partnering with us to address the complex cycle of deforestation and poverty in Tanzania. Money raised by participants will help rural communities restore their land and their lives. We’re pretty excited about this event, and we’ll be cheering the K2012 team on—from the sidelines!

Don’t believe you can fly? There are still plenty of ways you can get involved in raising awareness and support for the rural poor and the work they’re doing to fight poverty in their own communities.

Here are a few ideas to get you thinking:

– Organize a “Run With Purpose” 5K. Get that runner’s high without flying off a mountain.

– Party With Purpose. You say it’s your birthday? Celebrate big, and ask friends to plant a forest [LINK:] on your behalf.

– Plunge With Purpose. If you live in a place where it’s cold and there’s water, organize a Polar Bear Plunge. Of course, those of us in San Diego think that’s even crazier than flying off Mt. Kilimanjaro!

Go on, try something creative. We dare you to take that leap. And then we want to hear the stories and see the photos. Email us pictures, videos, and stories to

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