Meet our Western climber, Toby Storie-Pugh: an adventurous, challenge-seeking, problem-solving, mountain-climbing-enthusiast who NEVER stops, even when he passes the finish line.
This strong-willed and bold spirited man co-founded Flying Kites Global in 2008 with two equally ambitious women, Justine Axelsson and Leila De Bruyne, and since then, have hit the ground running with incredible programs to raise money for their school in Kenya. One of the programs, Flying Kites Adventure Challenges, allows for people to marry their adventures and philanthropic pursuits, raising money through sponsorships to go on once-in-a-life-time daring adventures such as (you guessed it) mountain climbing! plane jumping, borough biking, marathon running, rafting, camping, etc. If it’s crazy enough to think of, chances are, the program encourages it.
It’s safe to say Expedition Everest is the biggest adventure challenge yet, pioneered by the nutty social-enterpriser himself: Toby Storie-Pugh, with a Mt. Everest size target of $500,000 dollars to raise for Flying Kites Global. For Toby, climbing Mt. Everest is “the idea that won’t away.” For the rest of us, it is an exciting, selfless, and courageous fundraising initiative, one that makes us question (or not question) our own comforts and what one is capable of achieving when determined, inspired, or just plain loony. The success of this campaign will prove indeed, that anything is possible, and if mountains must be climbed to challenge the aptitude, integrity, and generous spirit housed within the human heart, mind, and body, well then… Everest awaits.