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We encourage individuals and organizations to take part in this life-changing annual climbing and cycling. Every year climbers and cyclers from across the globe join us in the fight against HIV & AIDS.Contact Us
Why Join Us
The Geita Gold Mine Kilimanjaro HIV & AIDS Challenge raises funds annually to support communities who are living with the devastation caused by HIV & AIDS. The funds raised are allocated to AIDS research, support of orphanages, hospitals and clinics in an attempt to reduce not only the impact of the disease on those left behind by deceased parents and relatives, but also to reduce the stigma and public shunning of those with HIV & AIDS.
You can help by simply making a donation to the Geita Gold Mine Kilimanjaro Challenge Trust, sponsor a climber or cycler on the challenge or participate yourself and paying the climber or cycler sponsorship amount.
Approximately 230 people die of HIV & AIDS related illness daily in Tanzania (UNAIDS). That is almost 10 deaths every hour. Many of these deaths fall in the age ranges of 15 to 48 years of age, leaving children orphaned and decimating the future of the country's youth and economic development. However as startling as these figures appear, there is hope. Thanks to the Geita Gold Mine Kilimanajaro HIV & AIDS Challenge and other initiatives, this number is 48% less than the number of HIV & AIDS related deaths in Tanzania in 2003. Over a decade of contributions from this charity has played a major role in reducing the number of HIV related deaths in Tanzania and given the people of this wonderful country hope of an HIV free future. With the help of hundreds of sponsors over the past 15 years, the Geita Gold Mine Kilimanjaro HIV & AIDS Challenge continues to grow stronger each year and lends support to a multitude of beneficiaries from hospitals and clinics to orphanages and other government and private organisations.
Around 400 Tanzanians have been given the opportunity to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro through the GGM Kilimanjaro Challenge. These climbers have all been sponsired by Anglo Gold Ashanti and other sponsors over the past 15 years. These climbers, Tanzanian and foreign, are inspired by Tanzania's Father of the Nation, the late President Julius Nyerere, who on 22 October 1959 addressed the Tanganyika Legislative Council shortly before independence, in a landmark speech on the importance of Mt. Kilimanjaro to the country and Africa as a whole. He declared “We the people of Tanganyika, would like to light a candle and put it on the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, which would shine beyond our borders, giving hope where there was despair, love where there was hate, and dignity where before there was only humiliation."