The Telco Together Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge

Friday, 12 April 2013

kilimanjaro22-300x240 In October 2013, a team of adventure seekers from the telecommunications industry will set off to climb the world’s tallest freestanding mountain – Mount Kilimanjaro – to raise money for disadvantaged communities in Australia.

Kilimanjaro is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, one of the highest volcanoes and Africa s highest mountain, reaching 5,895m (~19,340ft).

Every year, over 35,000 people set foot in Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro and later this year, the Telco Together Foundation will embark on an unforgettable adventure to raise money for disadvantaged communities, and I ll be going along!

So, I'm off to Tanzania to trek to the top of Kilimanjaro with a group of colleagues from M2 and the Telco Together Foundation.

We’ll be trekking along the Rongai Route, ascending Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya.

That s right, for a guy who normally spends his days chasing away a plethora of sales droids and vendors, overseeing a national network of Data Centres, and building enterprise Cloud environments, I'm actually heading into the clouds!

What hypervisor will be found at the top? Time will tell 

The Telco Together Foundation is a fantastic organization that was formed to unite the telecommunications industry with a view of supporting indigenous communities, the homeless and disadvantaged, mental health organisations and promote social inclusion.  You can learn more about them by visiting their web site.

My goal is to raise $10,000 for the cause   a little under $2 for every meter of height to the top of the mountain.  Or around $5 for every LinkedIn contact I have. :-)  Click here to donate to this worthy cause!

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About the Telco Together Foundation

Launched in July 2012, the Telco Together Foundation unites the telecommunications industry to make a positive difference to the lives of those in need.

The core focus of the Foundation s work is the development of industry-wide community investment projects that provide widespread, innovative solutions to social problems. The Foundation s work also aims to support disadvantaged communities through member volunteering programs and fundraising activities such as the Kilimanjaro Challenge.

Members of the Foundation include Optus, Vodafone, NBN Co, Dodo, M2, AAPT, Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, Smart Business Telecom, Skybridge, Globe Telecom, Community Telco, Eftel, Telcoinabox, and Vocus Communications.

For more information, visit their web site at

 About Kilimanjaro

Height: 5,895m
Size: 100 km x 65 km
Location: Tanzania, near Kenyan border in East Africa
Volcanoes: Kibo, Mawenzi, Shira
Ecosystems: Bushland, Forest, Heath, Alpine, Arctic
Nearby Cities: Moshi, Arusha
Nearby Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)


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