This year I will get to do something I've wanted desperately to do since I moved to Seattle two years ago -- climb Mt. Rainier. The best part about this is that I will get to do it for a great cause, and I'd like to ask for your help! I will be climbing Rainier next summer with 3 Summits for Nepal (http://www.3summitsfornepal.com/), a charity that raises funds to build schools in remote areas of Nepal, among other activities.
UNICEF estimates that there are over 650,000 orphans in Nepal under the age of 18, and 3 Summits for Nepal funds efforts to educate and improve the lives of these children. This year I have pledged to raise $1,000 which, along with the money raised by others on the climb, will go to cover the rent for an orphanage in Kathmandu, pay for special education services for a blind orphan girl, and build a boarding house for a school in a remote village in eastern Nepal.
By helping to fundraise, I will have the opportunity to join a team of 8 for a summit attempt on Rainier from July 18-20, 2014. Donations are tax-deductible and every dollar of the money donated here will go directly toward the charity's efforts, as I will be paying for equipment, permits, and incidentals myself. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to raise money for this great cause, and I'm really excited for the climb! I hope you'll consider supporting me in this. Thank you so much!