WHAT IS KILI CHALLENGE
Established in 2001 and led by Geita Gold Mine (GGM), in partnership with Tanzania Commission for AIDS—(TACAIDS) “Kilimanjaro Challenge Against HIV & AIDS” Is a charity event where individuals cycle and climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise funds and support HIV & AIDS mitigating initiatives in the country.
For the past Seventeen years (17), the charity has revolved to become the leading Private Sector Charity focusing on HIV and AIDS in East Africa.
Key Facts ‐The Charity
- Over 700 Individuals globally have participated
The ultimate goal of the fund is to support Tanzania government national initiatives towards zero new infections, zero stigma incidences and zero death
GGM is working with other likeminded partners in supporting the Charity.
Over 30 NGO’s have benefited so far.
The Charity has been able to raise over US$ 5M
Key Facts ‐ HIV & AIDS in Tanzania
- Less than 40% of young people know basic information about HIV prevention
- There are 430,000 new HIV infections per year (50) per hour in Eastern & Southern Africa
- Most new HIV infections occur in young women
- Existing education and health initiatives are not fully implemented or are not fully resourced.
The Geita Kilimanjaro Challenge first took place in 2001, with only two sponsors, Anglo Gold of South Africa and Ashanti Goldfields of Ghana. in the tears that have followed, the support from other companies and donors has increased to more than 110 per year. The 10th anniversary of the Kili Challenge took place on June 18-24, 2011. The GGM Kilimanjaro Challenge remains a multinational collaborative partnership involving local and foreign companies and individuals from across the globe for this very noble cause, of saving lives from HIV/AIDS, and giving the people of Tanzania hope of an HIV/AIDS free future
Why Climb or Cycle?
Over 700 Individuals have participated in theclimb or cycling Mt. Kilimanjaro through the GGM Kilimanjaro Challenge. These individuals some have been sponsored by Anglo Gold Ashanti and other sponsors over the past 17 years. The participants are Tanzanians and foreigners 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.