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Kilimanjaro climbers headed home to Triangle

Posted September 24, 2013

— Five Triangle area residents will return home later this week from a charity trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Rob Pavone, John Chamber, David McDowell and husband-and-wife Roger and Auston Moore climbed 19,340 feet to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, last weekend.

The team did the trek to raise money for ZOE, an empowerment program that helps orphaned African children.

A satellite terminal loaned to the team by Cisco has allowed the hikers to update their blog throughout the mission.

According to the blog, they’ve raise over $20,000 dollars, surpassing their original goal of $19,340—one dollar for every foot they’ve climbed.


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  • Carolina Sep 25, 2013

    Gosh, a group does something for charity, and some folks only want to point out how it doesn't match up to their own lofty standards. My church donates money to the Backpack Buddies Program, supplies to the Migrant Farm Workers Ministry, and prayer shawls and comfort wraps to local hospitals, and I think what this group of climbers did is pretty darn awesome. What are YOU doing to help society, other than tearing down other people's efforts?

  • colinmb123us Sep 25, 2013

    We had an executive retreat there back in '09. Certain wouldn't classify them as "climbers". More like gradual incline hikers.

  • djofraleigh Sep 24, 2013

    That's a climb that requires walking up a ridge to the top. Don't need to learn to hammer or pick, no dangling from ropes. As for the $20,000, that great, but the trip probably cost that and I'd like the news to cover those thousands of people who go to Africa and work with people and water projects. A friend is going soon to repair diesel engines in Africa. He won't get his picture in the paper. His church sent him to Alaska to work on equipment in remote villages last year.

  • TJPC Sep 24, 2013

    They probably would have raised more with a small add on Craigslist. Obamacare for everyone

    What a pathetic comment. How about a little praise for an amazing accomplishment? Geesh...

  • Obamacare for everyone Sep 24, 2013

    They probably would have raised more with a small add on Craigslist.