The Challenge: This is an endurance, not a degree of difficulty, challenge. It begins on May 10th and runs through July 18th—69 days. It’s intended to be symbolic of the uphill climb faced by combat troops, to honor their commitment and endurance, to help spread awareness of the mental health crisis that is claiming so many of our veterans
(The veteran suicide rate is about 20 a day. About 70% of the veterans are over 50, which means most have struggled for some time after leaving the military. The fastest growing segment is women…)
and to raise funds for programming to help them and the millions of others with similar challenges—for whom they fought.
Like a 10k run or 50 mile bike ride, it’s a pledge drive. Unlike those, we’re looking for participants at any age and at any skill level willing to commit to any number of climbs that represent a safe challenge for you. The climbs may be indoors, outdoors, up stairs, up a wheelchair ramp… or a combination.
For me it’s 69 climbs, covering 69 different locations or routes, each to a height greater than 6.9 metres, or lasting a minimum of 69 minutes, without rope or other safety equipment, all outdoors, ending on my 69th birthday, and my personal goal is a total of $690 per climb.
The total pledge goal for the challenge is—you guessed–$69,000.
The Organization: AIMforabettertomorrow is a registered 501(c)3 charity, with no paid staff, so your pledge is both tax deductible and all goes to support programmimg.
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