On 19 – 25 October 2021

The Big Climb – A United Fight against COVID-19

The Big Climb is about hope and collective action. The climb of the highest peak in Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro (5,895 m/ 19,340 ft), aims to raise awareness of the need to fight the COVID-19 pandemic together. The Big Climb will raise funds to better track and understand the virus, equip health care workers, and to purchase vaccines for equitable distribution on the understanding that ‘no one is safe until everyone is safe’. By climbing as one, we can overcome common adversity!

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Kilimanjaro National Park

WHO

Who will do the climb?

The Big Climb was initiated by Kilimanjaro Initiative (KI), a Kenyan-based NGO set up by victims and former perpetrators of crime in Nairobi. KI organizes climbs to raise awareness about issues that affect youth, and funds community-based projects.

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HOW?

How will the project be executed

The climbers will take the 7-day Rongai route, reaching the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro on United Nations Day – 24 October 2021.

You can also participate in this campaign, as an individual or as part of a group. During the week of The Big Climb, walk, trek or climb any distance/altitude. Contribute to raising awareness of and funds for a global and equitable fight against COVID-19. Post your achievement on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #supportTheBigClimb or #Climb4COVID

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Rongai Route on Kilimanjaro
Rongai Route on Kilimanjaro

The Big Climb encompasses the following SDGs

SDGs in everything we do

The Big Climb encompasses the following SDGs

  • No Poverty
  • Good Health and well being
  • Gender equality
  • Quality Education
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Reduced inequalities
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Climate actions
  • Life on Land
  • Partnerships for the goals.
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JOIN OUR HASHTAG

#SupportTheBigClimb

Contribute to raising awareness and funds for a global and equitable fight against COVID-19. Post your achievement on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #SupportTheBigClimb

🍎I am very much looking forward to being back on #Kilimanjaro next week, this time for The Big Climb for #VaccineJustice in Africa and beyond. ℹ️Find out more and join us at https://t.co/VqMd1yGQF1

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Covered the bike in #NewHaven, #Connecticut and heading to #Tanzania to join and #SupportTheBigClimb of #Kilimanjaro for #VaccinEquity, and #justice.

Why? Because all people and all #MountainsMatter!
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The Big Climb Kicked-off officially! Climbers at their final brief before they start their trek.
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The Big Climb was all about hope and collective action. My first climb of the highest peak in Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro, 5,895m aimed to raise awareness of the need to fight the COVID-19 pandemic together. I am so thankful for this opportunity and for letting me become a part of this team!

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We are so proud of Fred and how he represented Sauti Kuu on The Big Climb!

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Arctic Explorer and top adventurer gives climbing team word of advice before they set off.

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“President Nyerere said we should light a candle on the top of Mt Kilimanjaro, which would shine beyond our borders. This is what we will do on 24 October – United Nations day!”

Simon Mtuy, Chief Guide on The Big Climb

Want to support this mission?

Be a part of The Big Climb. In parallel with the Mt Kilimanjaro climb, organize your own activity. Raise awareness on the need for a united fight against COVID-19. Raise funds so that all persons can have access to care, safety, and vaccines. No one is safe until everyone is safe.

Funds will go to recognized COVID-19 response funds.