Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

14 January 2013

Tanzania: Celebrities Scale Mt Kilimanjaro to Promote Water Cause

Arusha — A GROUP of 12 celebrities from the United States of America have just completed scaling Mount Kilimanjaro over the weekend, a trek done to promote safe and clean water in Africa.

The celebrities, through a campaign famously known as Summit on the Summit, started their ascent on January 6, this year and all made it to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, the Uhuru Peak and spoke to the media in Arusha on Sunday.

The Summit on the Summit climb includes celebrities such as Actor Justin Chatwin, artist Mark Foster, Melissa Arnot, Chevenee Reavis, the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Water organization, Mr Kenna Zemedkun, Chase Jarvis, Actress Beau Garrett, Bryn Mooser, David Morton, Dr Greg Allgood, Steve Hall and Cynthia Koenig.

The initiative is designed to drive awareness and change to the global clean water crisis while engaging a community through raising awareness, supporting education, inspiring advocacy and activating fundraising.

By taking cultural influencers, educators and high profile individuals to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Sumit is able to support organizations in bringing clean water to the 1 billion people living without the basic human right.

This year's Summit took seven days with internationally recognized influencers as well as men and women who have either made an exceptional global impression around the water crisis or proven to be leaders in youth activism. These two groups represent influencers and educators.

They climbed the mountain as a team, communicating about the issues around access to water, learning of solutions to the problem, discussing how to improve social awareness and embracing the idea that they are now the example for showing ways to take action and give back to those with little or nothing.

Through these efforts, Summit will directly support non-profit organizations providing safe, clean drinking water to struggling communities and giving future generations the chance to thrive. Computer maker HP has also joined the 'Summit on the Summit,' as the official technology outfitter, to help Kenna and the entire team to continue bringing clean water to Africa.

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