Wings Of Kilimanjaro : The Adventure Of A Lifetime : Adventure Travel | Adventure Sports | Extreme Paragliding

The Story So Far

2003
Wings of Kilimanjaro founder, Adrian McRae, summits Mt Kilimanjaro & Mt Kenya.

SEPTEMBER 2008
Adrian takes up paragliding at the Australian Paragliding Centre.

SEPTEMBER 2010
Adrian conceives an idea for a fundraising event, publishing the concept on the paragliding forum (pgforum.com) under the title Kili20twelve (based on an unofficial launch date of Sept 2012).

MARCH 2011
Registrations of Interest opens for pilots and reaches 100 pilots within weeks.
Charity nominations open.

JUNE 2011
Registrations of Interest for pilots passes the 200 mark… and keeps going. Registrations close for charities, with more than 80 nominations received. The process begins to select the final beneficiaries for the event, including checks to ensure complete transparency for funds delivery and allocation.

AUGUST 2011
Official documents received, including the big one… permits to allow the flight off Mt Kilimanjaro’s summit.

OCTOBER 2011
Charity partners announced – Plant With Purpose and One Difference.

JANUARY 2012
After many months of research and discussions with experts about issues such as launch dates, participant safety, appropriate fundraising platforms, financial agreements, and project delays due to the above, the team make the ultimate decision to shift the launch date. As a consequence, due to the refined project focus, Kili20twelve is rebranded as Wings Of Kilimanjaro with confirmed event dates 27th Jan to 8th Feb 2013 (launch date is 5th Feb).JULY 2012The WOK team took a reconnaissance climb to assess the appropriate route to the summit, and schedule surrounding the climb and launch. During this trip, the team had a meeting with Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, The Honourable Mr Lazaro Nyalandu, ironing out the final details of the event.

The WOK team also visits some Plant with Purpose projects on the ground, meet with Duncan Goose (founder of One Difference) and establishes a new relationship with WOK’s third beneficiary – WorldServe International.

SEPTEMBER 2012
Wings of Kilimanjaro Project Manager, Paula McRae relocates to Tanzania for preparations leading up to the event.

8 NOVEMBER 2012
Wings of Kilimanjaro host their official media launch against the dramatic skyline of the City of London at the Iconic Gherkin! (It really was the most impressive view we have ever seen – second only to the top of Kilimanjaro). Media had the opportunity to hear from Wings of Kilimanjaro project leader Adrian McRae, adventurer and all-action girl Squash Falconer and Police Commissioner Adrian Leppard. The attendees also had the opportunity to hear from philanthropists Duncan Goose, Founder of One Foundation, Doug Satre of Plant with Purpose and Allan Guinan of World Serve International.  For all future media enquiries, please contact paula@wingsofkilimanjaro.com

10 NOVEMBER 2012
Wings of Kilimanjaro takes part in the prestigious Lord Mayors Show in London!  The float was put together by the incredible Jane Ripley, of Ripley and Friends. Wings of Kilimanjaro would like to thank Roger Gifford, London Lord Mayor for his kind invitation for us to join in the parade, which saw the team of volunteers and Kilimanjaro float featured on BBC 1 and broadcast to over 20 Million People. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUoQ5euQ0Kk&list=UUpsv-t-forL_O9-bpIssvuw

28 NOVEMBER 2012
Wings of Kilimanjaro Project Manager, Paula McRae dines with His Excellency, President of Tanzania. H.E Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete who gives his full endorsement of the project.

17 JANUARY 2013
Wings of Kilimanjaro Project Manager, Paula McRae meets with his Honourable Khamis Kagasheki, Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism who gives WOK his departments reinforced support.

27 JANUARY 2013
The team of 95 adventurers from 26 countries assemble together at Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge for the official team briefing.

28 JANUARY 2013
TANAPA & WOK team co-host the official press event to welcome the group to Tanzania and to kick off Wings of Kilimanjaro festivities.

29 JANUARY – 6 FEBRUARY 2013
Wings of Kilimanjaro begins.  For the official event media release from the WOK team, please click on the below link.
http://wingsofkilimanjaro.com/2013/index.php/what-is-wings-of-kilimanjaro/news/largest-group-to-ever-summit-kilimanjaro-wings-of-kilimanjaro/

7 FEBRUARY – 9 FEBRUARY 2013
The Wings of Kilimanjaro team spent two days visiting projects they have supported via their fundraising initiatives with our charity partners; Plant with Purpose, One Foundation & WorldServe International.

What we have achieved so far… what we got to see and be part of.  
Through our partner Plant with Purpose, so far we have been able to start 12 Village Community Banks (VICOBA’s) specialising in microfinance and environmental restoration among poor farming communities. Through a joint venture with WorldServe International and the One Foundation, we have begun construction of our first primary school in a large, impoverished Masai community in the Simanjiro region. Coupled with the school construction have been the hydrological surveys, drilling and delivery of two new and clean waterwells which are self-managed through our solar pumping station and above- ground water storage facility. Turning the clean water on for the first time, followed by some overwhelming Maasai cheering was certainly a moment we will remember forever!

The group depart Tanzania having already raised in excess of $550,000 USD. Event Organisers will continue the push towards their $1M goal for Tanzanian charity projects. To assist us in our journey, we welcome you to donate to www.wingsofkilimanjaro.com/donate

17 FEBRUARY 2013
The Wings of Kilimanjaro Expedition appears on Australia’s 60 Minutes Programme on Channel 9, hosted by Allison Langdon.  To view the official ‘Mountain Madness’ footage, please click on the below link.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAyHkxAoMZs