Thirst for Clean Water Accessibility Prompts Brave Canadian Families to Scale Mount Kilimanjaro to Fundraise for WaterCan

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, WaterCan is proud to announce their exciting new campaign led by the organization's newly appointed National Ambassador, Ben Mulroney: KILIMANJARO CLIMB FOR LIFE.

The Kilimanjaro Climb for Life—scheduled for October 12 to 26, 2012—will challenge brave Canadians to scale Africa's renowned mountain, which towers 19,341 feet above sea level. Joining eTalk's Ben Mulroney on WaterCan's Kili Climb are two inspiring Saskatchewan-based families:


Patti and Tom Kindred are celebrating their 25th anniversary by embarking on the Kilimanjaro Climb for Life. Their involvement in water issues was spurred by their remarkable 12-year-old son, who has raised nearly $35,000 dollars on his own over the past 2 years to fund 2 water projects in Ethiopia. The global clean water crisis also strikes a personal chord with the family following the recent adoption of the newest member of their family—their son from Ethiopia. Patti and Tom see this climb as not only an opportunity to carry on raising awareness for a cause that is so close to the family's heart, but also to challenge themselves physically.

"We work in an office all day," says Patti Kindred. "Training for the climb has forced us to focus on getting in shape and eating healthily. We're spending time being active with the kids, and going for long walks as a family."


The Kindreds will be joined by another couple whose own adoption of their young son from Ethiopia sparked a commitment to raising awareness to the water crisis in Africa.Rynette and Keith Guillaume are an adventurous couple whose involvement in the Kilimanjaro Climb for Life was no surprise to friends and family. They have travelled all 7 continents, hiked the Inca trail, and have personally seen the effects unsanitary drinking water in eastern Africa has on one's health.

"Our son came to Canada with a water borne disease: giardia. We are fortunate to have had it treated here in Canada, because a lot of children in Eastern Africa have no access to treatment," says Rynette Guillaume. "My own passion for local water issues led to me to work for SaskWater as the Manager of Special Services, Operations and Engineering. WaterCan's Kili Climb is a personal and professional extension of my work."

The Kindreds and the Guillaumes join a team of approximately 20 Canadians on this extraordinary journey up Kilimanjaro. "This team—comprising industry leaders, including photographer Peter Bregg and Paul Smith, Chairman of VIA Rail—will serve as an inspiring example of Canada's global reputation as a dynamic and forward-thinking nation," says WaterCan Executive Director, George Yap.

Through WaterCan's mobile fundraising initiative, donors can text H20 to 45678 to donate $10 towards their Kilimanjaro Climb for Life campaign.


Since 1987, WaterCan—a Canadian charity—has been working hard to remedy the frequently overlooked water and sanitation crisis. More than 780 million people worldwide lack access to clean water, and a further 2.5 billion lack access to basic sanitation. With the help of generous Canadians, WaterCan introduces sustainable, long-term water, sanitation, and hygiene education programs to communities in need. In the 25 years since WaterCan was founded, more than 1.2 million children, women and men in the world's most impoverished regions have gained access to clean water through WaterCan's programs—a key step in the process of building healthy and productive communities.

Niki Maretta
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