The Skattum family climb Kili
£192,183.00 raised of £200,000.00 target
£192,183.00 raised so far
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The year 2011 turned out to be both more challenging and inspiring than the Skattum family could have imagined.
As most of you know, last year I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma: a form of cancer of the plasma cells. From my initial surprise diagnosis we ran the gauntlet of visits to specialists in the UK and the USA, researched the internet endlessly, and spoke with a multitude of incredibly helpful people from all walks of life---all of which culminated in my 3 month stay in Little Rock, Arkansas. In Little Rock we learned that this disease, which is frequently misunderstood and has long been considered incurable, can be effectively managed and cured over the long term. I left Little Rock with a revised diagnosis, an innocuous treatment regime and an even more positive outlook for an active and healthy life. But much work still needs to be done to develop a curative treatment for high risk Myeloma and we hope you will join our family in rising to the challenges ahead.
Our journey over the last year gave us a profound respect for and appreciation of the smarts, compassion and dedication of people involved in treating, counseling and tirelessly working to cure cancer. It also made us realize that those of us in a position to help others less able should do so, as life is short and one never knows what’s around the corner.
With this in mind, we want to give something back in appreciation of all the care and support we received from family, friends and colleagues. In April, I will climb Mt Kilimanjaro together with Julie and our three boys: Lars, Erik and Nils. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa (19,340 ft, 5,895 meters above sea level) and one of the highest free-standing mountains in the world. Although Nils is disappointed not to set the record as the youngest climber, we suspect the challenge nonetheless will be formidable, at least for the 50+ member of the family (and that’s not Julie!).
We’d like to invite our friends around the world to participate in our family “Kili Challenge”. Our aim in climbing is to raise funds for three organizations that make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities throughout the world.
Here is the challenge: our family has committed £150,000 to the effort and with everyone's help, we hope to double or triple that amount – approximately £3-5 per foot per person climbed.
The three organizations we’re supporting: the international children’s charity, Right to Play, Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy and Myeloma UK – embody innovation, compassion, dedication and commitment to a better future.
Right To Play (www.righttoplay.org.uk / www.righttoplay.com) was founded by Johann Koss, a multiple gold winner in the 1994 winter Olympics in Norway. Johann was the first Olympian to donate his winnings to what was then Olympic Aid. Over the years, Olympic Aid morphed into Right To Play - an organization that leverages sport and play for the development of children in warn torn or otherwise troubled parts of the world.
As a family we are privileged to have witnessed first-hand the impact Right To Play has in the local communities in which it operates. After our climb, we will witness the impact of your support on programmes with children in the slums of Dar es Salaam and the towns of Morogoro and Dodoma. These programmes help vulnerable children protect themselves from malaria and HIV/AIDs, and acquire crucial leadership skills. Click here for a story from our Dar es Salaam projects.
With funds raised through the Skattum Family Challenge, we can give almost 10,000 children living in these communities the chance to fulfil their potential and access sport and play opportunities that we take for granted every day.
For children such as Grace Alupo, your support will make a profound difference to their lives:
“malaria prevents us from achieving our goals at school. We had been falling sick and did not understand why. Now we have played Right To Play games, we know about malaria’s symptoms, effects and how it can be prevented.”
Her friend Godfrey feels just as strongly: “when leading the games, I feel empowered to make decisions. I can make right choices in my life. I have made my destiny. I have been able to learn a lot through leading my fellow children. I love it when children follow what I tell them, we learn together”.
Should you, like us, be inspired be inspired to give, know you will be making a real difference in the lives of many individuals and in communities throughout the world. If not, we appreciate the chance to connect and tell you about some incredible people and organizations that are making a real impact in our world.
To donate to Right To Play securely online, click below, or send offline donations to:
Skattum Family Challenge, Right To Play UK,175-185 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8UE
Skattum Family Challenge - Right To Play USA , 49 W.27th Street
Suite 930, New York, NY 10001
Charity Registration No. 1112404
Right To Play is a global organisation that uses the transformative power of play- playing sport and playing games – to educate and empower children facing adversity.
Hey Skattums! Better late than never. Wish we'd come with you! Looking forward to seeing you v soon. C and D
Donation by Christopher Jones on 30/07/12
Donation by constance coleman on 12/07/12
happy birthday Maddie and Alexander! love, caroline
Donation by jennifer rich on 10/06/12
Amazing achievement - well done!
Donation by Kay Hayes on 01/06/12
+ £25.00 Gift Aid
Donation by Anonymous on 28/05/12
+ £12.50 Gift Aid
Congratulations to the Skattums from the Leavitts on a fantastic achievement. Your generosity is an inspiration to all of us. Well done!
Donation by Mark Leavitt on 22/05/12
Congratulations one and all- a great achievement. Let's swap Kili stories soon!
Donation by Leslie McCormack-Gathy on 22/05/12
Skattum Family - congratulations on epic achievement after an as-always exemplary effort. A big "thumbs up" for you from Down Under.
Donation by Amanda and Frank Heckes on 21/05/12
Dag and team, what a fantasitc achievement coupled with a life-time of happy family memories. Well done all!
Donation by Eamon Brabazon on 16/05/12
Well done to all the Skattums!
Donation by Stephen Priestley and family on 14/05/12
Congratulations! Great pictures and I am impressed
Donation by Ian Skattum on 13/05/12
Donation by John Viola on 11/05/12
Dag, Julie, Lars, Erik and Nils. Congratulations!
Donation by Ted Skattum on 11/05/12
Donation by simona maellare on 10/05/12
+ £25.00 Gift Aid
Well done to all of you!
Donation by simona maellare on 10/05/12
Dag - Congratulations! A great cause and a fantastic accomplishment. Best wishes to you and the family.
Donation by Jeff Stute on 10/05/12
Well done, I am really impressed! Hugs from Grace :-)
Donation by Grace Skaugen on 09/05/12
Many congratulations to all of the family! Best, PJ
Donation by Peter James on 09/05/12
All the Best, Its amazing what you are doing. Best.
Donation by Ashish Goyal on 09/05/12
+ £125.00 Gift Aid
Donation by Rohan Singhal on 09/05/12
Donation by Kristian Terling on 08/05/12
+ £25.00 Gift Aid
Donation by Ted Skattum on 01/05/12
Congratulations to the Skattum family on doing the Kili climb. Well done!
Donation by Tadhg on 25/04/12
Donation by Laurie Hindley on 22/04/12
What a fantastic family achievement!
Donation by Piers Davison on 20/04/12
- * Online donations£50,690.00
- Offline donations£141,493.00
- Text donations£0.00
- Total raised£192,183.00
- Gift Aid£6,193.75
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