Ciara climbs Kilimanjaro to support Kiliclimb4kids

Ciara climbs Kilimanjaro to support Kiliclimb4kids

Ciara Crossan, Founder and CEO at WeddingDates is scaling Kilimanjaro to empower children’s education and to support the Kiliclimb4kids fundraiser

Empowering Children’s Education

Anyone who knows Ciara understands that she loves a challenge.  At the time of publishing, our Founder and CEO is in Tanzania on an extraordinary adventure to support the Kiliclimb4kids fundraiser. Alongside eight other remarkable businesswomen and one lucky gentleman, she is ascending Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest peak and the world’s highest free-standing mountain, to raise funds for three incredible non-profits: MiDeskGlobal Africa, LIFT Ireland, and ACAS Argentina. These organisations are committed to supporting children’s education worldwide.

19,000 Feet | 10 Hikers | 3 Organizations | 1 Mountain | 1 Goal: Quality Education for All

The Charities

MiDeskGlobal Africa: UNESCO reports that over 3 million children in South Africa lack access to desks, a problem faced by 95 million children across Africa and more than 400 million globally. MiDesk is a groundbreaking innovation that transforms a school bag into a desk and chair, complete with a solar light and USB charging port. This inventive design allows children to easily transfer their workspace to and from school and home.

LIFT Ireland: LIFT Ireland is a social enterprise initiative focused on enhancing positive leadership capabilities in Ireland. Their mission is to empower every young person, regardless of background, to improve their mental well-being, build self-leadership, and develop inner strength. LIFT’s program is being implemented nationwide via a volunteer facilitator network, aiming to reach 10% of Ireland’s population by 2028.

ACAS Argentina: ACAS builds border schools and develops educational projects and social support actions to improve the quality of life for children in Argentina’s most remote communities.

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Making a difference

This journey is not just about reaching the summit; it’s a powerful initiative to raise funds and awareness for education. Inspired by Nelson Mandela’s words, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world,” Ciara truly believes that children must be provided with a strong educational foundation, regardless of their circumstances.

The climbing team is comprised of passionate entrepreneurs and aims to support these remarkable organisations by ensuring children have access to quality education. This mission aligns perfectly with WeddingDates’ core values of knowledge, authenticity and empathy. By taking on this challenge, they hope to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goal #4: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”

Meet the Hikers | Kilimanjaro Fundraiser for Education
  • Ciara Crossan – Founder & CEO, WeddingDates
  • Anne Butterly – CEO & Founder, Easydry
  • Angela Byrne – General Manager, Easydry
  • Bevin Mahon – Managing Director, Dentaltech Ltd.
  • Farana Boodhram – Founder & CEO, MiDesk Global
  • Hannah Wrixon – Co-Founder & CEO, Kella
  • Michelle Pesce – DJ & Founder/CEO, Nona Entertainment
  • Samuel Silva – Lab Manager, DentalTech
  • Tina Warner-Keogh – Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Warner’s Distillery
  • Verónica Costa Orvalho – Founder & CEO, Didimo

You can learn more about the incredible team of hikers here.

Ciara climbs Kilimanjaro to support Kiliclimb4kids

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Ciara’s Personal Motivation

For Ciara, climbing Kilimanjaro represents more than just a physical challenge – it’s a profound personal and professional milestone. As an entrepreneur and a mother, Ciara embodies resilience in every aspect of her life. She views challenges as opportunities for growth, likening resilience to a muscle that must be exercised. 

“Putting myself outside of my comfort zone can only be a good thing to help me grow and develop,” Ciara shares. This climb symbolises her commitment to pushing boundaries, both in business and in life.

Challenges Ahead

Despite her excitement, Ciara acknowledges the daunting nature of this endeavour. “As someone who is moderately active but has never done any endurance activity like this before, it’s been really daunting,” she admits candidly. However, Ciara has approached her training with dedication and purpose, aligning with her goal to connect more with nature and step away from the computer. Her journey exemplifies the courage to confront fears head-on and transform them into opportunities for personal and collective achievement.

Only 1% of the world’s population will ever climb Kilimajaro and I’m very privileged to be able to do so, so what a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness and funds for three amazing organisations,” says Ciara. 

Ciara climbs Kilimanjaro to support Kiliclimb4kids
A Message to Our Community

To the WeddingDates community, industry connections and friends, Ciara extends her heartfelt gratitude for the overwhelming support received thus far. 

“A massive thank you to everyone who has donated to the fund, who has hiked with me, or been a cheerleader along the way,” she expresses. Ciara emphasises that this journey is not just about personal achievement but also about making a positive impact. The Kilimanjaro climb serves as a platform to raise awareness and funds for organisations dedicated to children and young people’s education and empowerment. 

“I’m nervous, excited, and full of anticipation, but at this point, I am READY TO GO! However, I am very aware that there’s no way I could do this without massive support from family and friends”

How You Can Support Kiliclimb4kids

Ciara has self-funded this expedition but invites everyone to contribute to the  Kiliclimb4kids fundraising efforts. Donations will directly benefit the aforementioned organizations, supporting their invaluable work across three continents. Every contribution, no matter the size, makes a significant difference in empowering future generations through education and opportunity. Visit kiliclimb4kids.com to learn more about their journey and to donate today.

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