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Project 43324 - Climbing for a Cause

Mark Guido

Mark Guido

Project 43324, links Mark's climb of the highest mountain peaks of each of the seven continents with supporting youth development for children in need around the world. 43324 represents the accumulated elevation of each peak in meters, and the financial goal looking to be met.

So far, Mark has completed 3 of 7 summits, climbed 18,499/43,324 meters, and helped raise nearly $10,000 for youth development around the world. Mark has successfully summited the highest mountain in Africa, South America, and Europe. In Africa, $1,000 has been donated to support Stella Maris English Medium Primary, a school located in Tanzania, that provides education to the underprivileged children of the local villages. In South America, $4,900 went to Quinta Betel - a remote children's home in Mendoza, Argentina and in Europe, $1,820 went to SOS Children's Village Moscow, an organization located in the district of Tomilino, Russia that provides support to the local children and their families. Those funds have provided life-changing educational resources meant to further the development of youth who need it most. In addition to what is being raised, SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education) is allowing Mark to bring donated activity books/art supplies with him to these villages for the duration of his project.

Project 43324 is currently teamed up with SOS Children's Villages for the remaining climbs. SOS helps provide loving homes, education and medical care for children in more than 135 countries. The SOS locations that are being brought to attention via Project 43324 are the following:

SOS Children’s Village Moscow, Russia
SOS Children’s Village Chicago, Illinois
SOS Children’s Village Jorpati, Nepal
SOS Children’s Village Sanothimi, Nepal
SOS Children’s Village Tabanan, Indonesia

What's Next?

This November, Mark will return to South America to climb 3 Ecuador Volcanoes. These will serve as intermediary climbs as he gears up for Denali - the highest mountain in North America next June!

Mark is dedicating this climb to SOS Children's Villages Illinois, specifically the Chicago based location that provides support to the local children and their families.

As Mark continues to embark on this journey of climbing the highest mountains on each of the seven continents, he's stated how much he's wanted to give back to his home state for a while now. He couldn't think of a better way to do that, than by climbing the highest mountain in North America for its youth!

Mark welcomes you to follow him and his mission and hopes you will consider supporting these local groups that help children every day!

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See you at the top!

Project 43324



raised of $43,324 goal

Recent Donations

1. IMIuliana Mihu
2. AAAntonellini Alessandra
3. DGDavid Garcia
Keep at it Mark. Look forward to hearing about this trip.
4. DWDiane Wojciechowicz
Have a great trip!!
5. MGMaryellen Guido
Good luck and be safe! -Aunt Maryellen & Uncle Joe
6. GSGregory Shiple
Mark, great meeting you at the wedding. Very excited for you and your cause. Hope this helps. God's speed on your climb! Take care Greg Shiple