Thursday, July 23, 2009

Blind Hikers Climb Kilimanjaro, Set 2 World Records and Raise Money for Foundation for Blind Children’s Infant Program

The entire group of 25 hikers calling itself ‘Team Kili’ that had set out together was truly breathing rarified air as they reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, this past June 29th. The fact that nobody dropped out along the way is impressive. Even more impressive is that 8 of the hikers, including one that’s only 12 years old, are blind.

Part of the goal of the group was raising money to support the Infant Program of the Foundation for Blind Children in Arizona, in which 2 of the hikers had participated when they were youngsters. Along the way, they set two Guinness World Records: the largest group of blind climbers to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro and the youngest blind climber to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Congratulations to the entire team! Visit the Foundation for Blind Children website to read more about the climb, including the climber’s blogs. Visit to view a wide range of products to help the blind and those with low vision live more active, independent lives.

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