Paradise Valley woman, 85, to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro for charity

Anne Lorimor

Anne Lorimor

In July, Anne Lorimor, 85-years-young great-grandmother, will climb the highest peak in Africa to benefit Challenge Youth Fund.

The expedition will be led by Werner Berger, who has climbed Kilimanjaro four times, according to a press release.

Mr. Berger is the oldest person to have climbed the highest peak on each of the 7 continents.

At 19,341 feet Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Ms. Lorimor’s team includes her nephew and photographer, Kevin Gordon, and cinematographer Dave Derry from Canada.

“I am not a professional climber, but I’ve always enjoyed hiking. If I combine my interest in climbing with my passion for helping disadvantaged kids, what could be better?” stated Ms. Lorimor in the release.

Ms. Lorimor trains by climbing Mummy Mountain and other local mountains daily. Humphreys is a future planned climb. Just before going to Africa, Anne will spend time in Colorado Springs and Flagstaff to acclimate to a higher altitude and climb peaks over 14,000 feet.

At 76, she climbed Pike’s Peak and four other “fourteeners.” In the past, she climbed other mountains in the western United States and Mexico, as well as Ayers Rock in Australia, the Great Pyramid in Egypt, and the pyramid in Mexico City, according to the release.

Founded in 2004, the Challenge Youth Fund is a donor-advised fund of Arizona Community Foundation.

Ms. Lorimor is the founder and advisor, according to the release. The mission of the fund is to help children and youth reach their full potential and, in turn, to make a difference in the world.

The fund cooperates with other organizations to offer education and mentoring opportunities to children and youth, with an emphasis on homeless, foster and orphan children, according to the release.

Personally and in her capacity as advisor, Ms. Lorimor has collaborated with Rosie’s House, a Music Academy for Children; Youth at Risk; Boy’s Ranch in Texas; Boys and Girls Club; Family Promise; and many others. The fund will offer annual scholarships to the teen program in CEOSpace International.

CEOSpace is an invitation-only networking and business-education organization with an outstanding teen program leader. Ms. Lorimor will sponsor the selected teens, according to the release.

To learn more about the project, go to Sponsors and volunteers are welcome.


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