Twenty five top South African models and celebrities will attempt to ascend Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, in December as part of a philanthropy project to raise funds for various charities.
Included in the diverse team are Julio Garcia (DJ on Jacaranda FM), Tatum Keshwar (ex-Miss South Africa), Jay Anstey (from Isidingo) and Magdalena Wysoczanska (Fire from Gladiators fame) and a number of high-end male and female models.
The aim of the project is multifold: to attempt the world’s highest altitude calendar shoot featuring the participating models and to install the world’s highest solar powered artificial intelligence camera on top of the mountain. The camera, donated by H3i Squared, will be able to withstand the rigorous temperature on the mountain and would be able to detect a climber in distress and alert the park authorities via cellular video feeds.
Funds from the sale of the calendar will go towards the Red Cross and the Johannesburg SPCA. The calendar will be printed on recycled paper by Eco-cycle.
The Kilo2Kili project will be launched tomorrow (10 Sept) in style with a spinathon to be held at the News Café in Fredman Drive, Sandton. Participants will spin to the tune of some of South Africa’s top DJ’s, including Da L.E.S, Ian F, DJ Kirsti, Matt Suttner and DJ W. Simba Mhere from Top Billing will edge the spinners on. The spinathon will be visited by team members from Moroka Swallows.
During the event a live Parkour demonstration will be given and photo opportunities will be available to have pictures taken with the participating models and celebrities. Various spot prizes will be up for grabs, courtesy of Canderel and Dranged streetwear.
The following day (11 Sept), the team will visit an Aids hospice in Orlando, Soweto where they will participate in improving facilities such as the fixing up gardens, painting a mural and creating benches and a water feature.
To prepare for the mountain climb, the Kilo2kili team is currently on a vigorous training project at various gyms throughout South Africa including Wellness in Motion in Sandton, the Health and Fitness Professionals Academy in Rivonia and Bodies Under Construction in Sea Point, Cape Town. They are following healthy eating plans under the guidance of Nutrigion.
Health24 will be following the Kilo2Kili’s progress by way of twitter, blogs and article feeds written by the team members.
(Press release, Kilo2Kili, September 2011)