Goodwill Ambassador For Tanzania, Doug Pitt, Leads Historic Kilimanjaro Climb and Mountain Bike Descent Raising $750,000 for Clean Water

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reGen™ & Trek Bikes Support History-Making Adventure

(L-R) Stuart Walsworth, Doug Pitt, Jenn Dice at Uhuru Peak on Mt. Kilimanjaro

...one of the most magical rides in existence with the famous glaciers of Kilimanjaro below you...” says Pitt. “I would do it all again to provide clean water, a luxury we as Americans sometimes take for granted.

Forty-four adventurous climbers undertook the highest freestanding mountain in the world on January 3 -14, 2011 and have announced today their efforts have raised more than $750,000 for clean water projects in Tanzania. Organized by WorldServe International, a non-profit whose mission is to deliver life-saving food, water and medicine to Africa’s poor, Kili Climb 2011 was an over 40-mile journey up and down Mount Kilimanjaro where for the first time in 25 years, bicycles were allowed on the descent. The 44 climbers and four bikers were led by Goodwill Ambassador for the United Republic of Tanzania, Doug Pitt, who is the first American on record to mountain-bike down Kilimanjaro.

Pitt started his climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa on January 7th at the gate of the Machame route, successfully summiting Uhuru Peak on Kilimanjaro on January 11. With bike access made possible via the graciousness of the Tanzanian government, Pitt biked down Kilimanjaro via a full-suspension Trek Fuel mountain bike.

Sponsors included Hershey Corporation’s reGen™, with their funding providing well water in areas where dwellers typically have to walk no less than six miles for access to clean water. The bikers, which included American Expert rider Stuart Walsworth; Tanzanian Expert rider/guide Jacob Oscar and American Jenn Dice, of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), took that six mile walk many times over symbolically as the monies raised by Kili Climb 2011 will provide clean water for more than 400,000 Tanzanians.

“The ride from the summit of Uhuru peak along the ridge to Stella Point took just minutes, but has to be one of the most magical rides in existence with the famous glaciers of Kilimanjaro below you – amazing doesn’t cover it,” said Pitt. “I would do it all again to provide clean water, a luxury we as Americans sometimes take for granted.”

The hike up and bike down Mount Kilimanjaro by Goodwill Ambassador Pitt and others was an activity to raise money for WorldServe International (http://www.worldserveintl.org) a non-profit organization that sponsors water well projects across East Africa. Additional sponsors of Kili Climb 2011 are Africa6000 International and Maji-Tech Engineering Ltd., Oakley, Crank Brothers and Eddie Bauer First Ascent.

Those interested in helping WorldServe continue their quest to raise funds for water wells can participate in a weekly on-line survey by signing up to answer questions about chocolate. The Hershey Chocolate Corporation will donate funds directly to WorldServe’s African water well program. To sign up to participate in the WorldServe International/Hershey survey, please email WorldServe at info(at)worldserveintl(dot)org .

For photos and video from Kili Climb 2011 visit http://vimeo.com/19930650 to watch video from Kili Climb and to download photo selections from Kili Climb, please visit http://www.yousendit.com/download/T2pIYUluTkFrUmxjR0E9PQ (Photo Credit: WorldServe). For more information about Kili Climb 2011, please visit http://www.kiliclimb.org.

About WorldServe International
WorldServe International is an organization passionate about building global networks to meet local needs. Through innovative Life Center strategy, they are combating poverty by working in 7 key areas of community development: water and sanitation, electrical power, communications and culture, agricultural development, economic empowerment, health care and education. WorldServe excels at providing water and sanitation solutions in developing countries with its own Africa-based water resource development company. For more information, log onto http://www.worldserveintl.org.

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