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.
Expedition Everest is a 501c3 non-profit organization with the mission to climb Mt. Everest in the Spring of 2014. It is an initiative to raise 2 million dollars for Flying Kites, our sister NGO, and to help the first Kenyan climber to reach Mt. Everest’s summit. Flying Kites is an organization that provides remarkable health care, housing, and education for Kenya’s most vulnerable children. As global citizens, we believe it is our responsibility and our heart’s work to create a sound support system for Kenya’s orphaned, abandoned, and abused children so that they are able to compete on a level global platform. By developing their imagination, resolution, and commitment we will help them to first identify and then to pursue their goals. It is our dream to one day be standing on the summit of Mt. Everest; we wish to show our children that no ambition is too lofty if you dare to start and are determined to finish. As each arduous step brings us closer to the summit, we will be raising awareness of the plight of the world’s most desperate children, and encouraging bold engagement from our readers, our sponsors, and our friends. As a community of those that have both the imagination to dream and the courage to dare, we will be able to change our reality, and the world.