Soon, I will raise my hands while standing on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world, after climbing to 19,340 feet with fellow team members from all over the world.  The road to Kili’s summit starts now, as the Accenture-VSO team begins to prepare, train, and fundraise in order to enable a successful trek and, more importantly, to make an impact on the devastating poverty of the East African region.

The success of the trek and the difference that we can make in the lives of the region’s children depends on you. Each trekker is required to raise £4,600 (~$7000) to enable the work of VSO.  These funds are above and beyond personal trip costs, such as equipment, airfare, etc., so you can be sure that your donation will do the most good by directly supporting those children in need. Learn more about VSO at the bottom of this statement.

You can make a big difference by giving generously in one or more of the following ways:

Online (Credit Card / PayPal)

The easiest and quickest way to make a positive difference in VSO’s work in East Africa and to support my Kilimanjaro Trek is by donating on this page.  Giving online puts your donation to VSO to work immediately, and ensures that your donation is credited immediately to my name. The 2012 Mt. Kili Trek fundraising page offers secure online donation options by credit card or PayPal.

Cash / Check

Due to the timing of the trip and goal deadlines please contact me if you would like to pay by cash/check.

Spread the News

The more people that know about this charity the more we can raise. Please let your family, friends and co-workers know about this charity and provide them this link:


*100% of all donations made go to the VSO charity. The Mt. Kilimanjaro trek is paid for by my personal funds.

**VSO is a UK non-profit so donations are accepted in pounds(£). The conversion rates are approximately 1£ = $1.56.

Updates 8

SUCCESS! On Sep 3, 2012 at approximately 7AM Kili time I successfully completed the climb. Pictures and stories will follow in the next few days. I want to thank all of the donors who helped raise so much money. We raised the most!

11/09/12 03:45

Hi All! With just under two months to go the preparations are going great! Some fun news. The Jewish Exponent printed an article about me and the challenge. Take a quick look (short read):

05/07/12 06:32

Hello All, As shown above, we have reached 106% of the target! I am so overwhelmed with your generosity. This doesn't mean I get to rest. There is still more fundraising to do. On August 29 the climb will begin! Just two months to go!!!!

28/06/12 02:43

This is an exciting week. I am going to the annual Climb to the Clouds event to raise some money! We are in the home stretch and looking to hit 100%. Check out the items being auctioned and let me know if you are interested in getting a proxy bid.

04/06/12 05:17

If you would like to participate in the Climb to the Clouds event auction please proceed to for more details. Please check this periodically as items will be added to the site prior to the June 9th event.

07/05/12 12:52

Raising money for

Voluntary Service Overseas

Voluntary Service Overseas

Charity Registration No. 313757

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. VSO's high-impact approach involves bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action, and change lives to make the world a fairer place for all. Everyday around 1,500 VSO volunteers are working in carefully selected placements, sharing their and experience and working to tackle poverty by empowering those really affected by it.

Raising money for

Run by Voluntary Service Overseas

Charity Registration No. 313757

Donations 71

Good luck Avi! Have a great time on your trip. I really admire you for doing this. Your a good man!

Donation by John Mangan on 27/07/12

Thank you and good luck!

Donation by Janice B on 25/07/12

Avi, this is awesome and inspiring! I am appreciative of your giving spirit and efforts of challenging yourself. I hope my small contribution helps.

Donation by Joaquin Brown on 24/07/12

Avi, best of luck with the climb and kudos for dedicating your time to such a worthy cause.

Donation by Christian Winter on 11/06/12

Thank you Bimmerfest Climb to the Clouds 4th Annual driving charity event. We raised $2,360 tonight! Go BMW 3 series!

Donation by Avi Lazar on 10/06/12

Donation by Anonymous on 06/06/12

Avi Best of Luck!! Hope it is extraordinary. Come back Safely

Donation by Morton & Phyllis Weinmstock on 05/06/12

Have a safe trip to the top!

Donation by René K. on 04/06/12

Donation by Louise Khanjian on 02/06/12

Good Luck, Avi. Be safe.

Donation by Olayinka Folaranmi on 01/06/12

Best of luck Avi, Have a safe and fun journey!

Donation by Linda Smith on 31/05/12

Good Luck Avi on your endeavor!

Donation by Rich Matteis @ Rodman Street on 31/05/12

Best of luck! You are helping a lot of people who need it as well as challenging yourself! All the best, Tim

Donation by Tim Connors on 29/05/12

Good luck Avi!

Donation by Robert Greenebaum on 25/05/12

Thanks for making this opportunity to help some kids available.

Donation by Wayne Stevens on 10/05/12

SAVE THEM KIDDIES, AVI!! Climb the CRAP outa that mountain!

Donation by Mark Sobel on 07/05/12

Hey Avi, it was nice meeting you at the office and learning about your inspirational experience. Keep up the good work and good luck to you.

Donation by Junny Kim on 02/05/12

Thank you Brenda G

Donation by Avi Lazar on 30/04/12

Thank you Hadar!

Donation by Avi Lazar on 25/04/12

Have A great climb!

Donation by Gail Sloane on 24/04/12

Avi: Stand on top of that mountain and yell proudly!

Donation by Orlin Howell III on 24/04/12

Best of luck!

Donation by Michael Markle on 24/04/12

Avi - Best wishes on a successful climb - wish I could be there!

Donation by William McKenney on 24/04/12

Good luck!

Donation by Suzie Brown on 23/04/12

Best of luck Avi!!!!!!!! Take lots of pictures and do great things!

Donation by Lauren West on 23/04/12

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£4,590.81
  • Offline donations£398.55
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£4,989.36
  • Gift Aid£0.00

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