Climbers Set Out to Conquer Highest Peaks Across America to Help Children with AIDS

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Climb and Win: Climb-a-Thon Fundraiser offers safari to summit Kilimanjaro.

Conquering the 50 highest peaks in the Unites States, climbers, hikers and walkers alike will participate in this year's Summer Summit Challenge to raise awareness and funds for pediatric AIDS. The Climb-a-Thon encourages individuals and teams raise pledges by climbing hills or mountains of their choice across the country, from the majestic peak of Alaska's Mt. Denali to lesser know high-points in every state.

Hosted by the American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA) as part of its Climb Up So Kids Can Grow Up program, this year's fundraiser will be held June 27 to July 6, 2008. Funds raised will be used to purchase medicine and supplies for children living with AIDS in Africa.

This year's grand prize for the individual winner is a trip for two to the top of Kilimanjaro, a generous donation from Summit Expeditions and Nomadic Experience. Grand prize for the top team is a safari for two to Namibia, thanks to the generosity of CrissCross Namibia Safaris. Other top fundraisers will win gifts from the outdoor industry, including backpacks, climbing chalk, magazine subscriptions, shoes, Larabars, and a luxurious hotel weekend stay for two in DC, among other things.

"This event allows people to take action no matter where they live, and turn their passion for the outdoors into tangible help for kids that need hope, help and attention," says Tanya Weaver, executive director of AFCA. "Hikers, climbers and the outdoor industry have seen the positive impact they can make in the lives of children living with AIDS by getting out and taking on this great challenge."

In 2007, a Climb Up So Kids Can Grow Up global event saw hikers, climbers, bikers and staircase-climbers reach the tops of peaks of their own choosing and raise over $14,500 for AFCA and its work with children with HIV/AIDS in Africa.

To participate in the fundraiser, individuals raise a minimum of $115 and teams raise $5,000; AFCA provides many tips and pointers on fundraising for the Challenge.

To register, please visit http://www.ClimbUpSoKidsCanGrowUp.com.

About the American Foundation for Children with AIDS
American Foundation for Children with AIDS is an independent international humanitarian aid organization established in 2004. AFCA is recognized as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in the state of Kansas, USA. The mission of AFCA is to improve the lives of children and youth struggling with the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. We provide cost-effective relief, services, medical and social support, education and advocacy to help these individuals achieve their full life potential. For more information visit http://www.helpchildrenwithaids.org.

About Climb Up So Kids Can Grow Up
Climb Up So Kids Can Grow Up is a growing partnership between outdoor recreation enthusiasts and American Foundation for Children with AIDS. Together with our sponsors, we invite "climbers" everywhere to bring awareness to the pediatric AIDS pandemic and to raise funds so AFCA can continue to send life saving anti-retroviral (ARV) medication to children affected by HIV/AIDS. For more information visit http://www.ClimbUpSoKidsCanGrowUp.com.

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