ChileToKili global fundraising trek comes to Issaquah
November 6, 2012
Elvis Munis is cycling around the globe to raise funds to educate students in Tanzania.
The native Tanzanian and ardent naturalist launched the project to help other Tanzanians obtain the education necessary to manage the country’s abundant natural resources.
The trip’s total distance measures about 50,000 miles and is plotted to touch down in 41 countries, including the United States. Munis reached Issaquah in recent days, and local hosts plan to hold a fundraiser for the around-the-globe effort Nov. 14. The event at Vino Bella includes a presentation from Munis and a silent auction to raise funds.
How to help
ChileToKili presentation and fundraiser
The project, dubbed ChileToKili — for Chile to Kilimanjaro — is a registered nonprofit organization. The trip started in Chile and is poised to end in Tanzania. (Mount Kilimanjaro is in the northeast corner of Tanzania.)
The ride is unsupported; Munis is responsible for finding and carrying food and water, and finding shelter. He spends most nights camping in tents or staying with contacts along the way.
Munis set out to raise $100,000 for the organization on the ride. The money is meant for 10 one-year scholarships for Tanzanian students, and to support ongoing education at the Tanzania Conservation Resource Centre, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting researchers and students focused on natural resource issues in Tanzania.
ChileToKili’s board is comprised of experts in Tanzanian conservation, including researchers and scientists.