Gerald Blazey
Gerald Blazey's Fundraiser

5,895 Meters to Support Young Readers

I'm Jerry Blazey and I'm climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to support girls and boys in Mara, Tanzania.

$1,055 towards $1,000

Hi, I'm Jerry Blazey and this June I will be heading to Tanzania with my two sons, Sam and Ben, and a group of volunteers to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. The prospect of climbing a 19,500 foot stratovolcano and taking in the scenery from the summit is exciting, if not a bit intimidating.

The trip will also offer us a chance to support the education of children in Tanzania. As part of the climb we are raising money for the nonprofit organization, Tanzania Development Support (TDS) , which works with local organizations in the Mara region to improve access to school and to provide educational opportunities.

When not enjoying mountains, I'm professor of physics at Northern Illinois University and serve as the Vice President of Research and Innovation Partnerships. As an educator, I understand the importance of developing skills in reading, math, and science at an early age. I also value collaboration and appreciate the approach that TDS takes to achieving its mission.

That's why I've joined TDS as a volunteer on the 2019 Kilimanjaro Climb and have set a personal goal of raising $1,000 for the Tanzanian school childred. Please help my reach my goal of providing by donating today.

About the 2019 Kilimanjaro Climb -

Tanzania Development Support is proud to join Madaraka Neyerere (youngest son of the first president of Tanzania, Julius Nyerere) for a second time and ascend to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in the name of supporting education in the Mara region of Tanzania. Now that the Library and Community Resource Center (LCRC) has been constructed and outfitted with thousands of textbooks and general circulation books that are published in Swahili, we are working towards elevating the facility to a true 21st century center for learning. We have set an ambitious goal of raising $75,000 for the 2019 Kilimanjaro Climb, which will be used to fund the following:

Technology – Computers and tablets that students will be able to use for assignments and research, and teachers will be able to use for professional development and improved teaching methods.

Equipment – Furnishing the LCRC Kids' Section so pre-primary children in the surrounding villages have an opportunity to begin their education earlier than ever.

Personnel – Hiring and training staff to manage the vast collection of textbooks and general circulation books in Swahili, recruit community volunteers and students to participate in library clubs, and help educate adults on how to access websites and books about agriculture, business, and much more.

Thanks for visiting my Kilimanjaro fundraising page.