Taking on Ironman Austria for the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust

Total Number of Gifts: 38
Total Value of Gifts: $4,122.50

Donors

British School of Barcelona 6th Form

Anonymous

Anonymous

Aidan Muller

Dodie

Rebecca

Catherine Apthorpe

Helen

Felix

SJ

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Philippe Polman 2013 Ironman Austria Fundraiser

Goal:
$25,000.00
Achieved:
$4,122.50

16 percent of goal achieved.

Image: Picture of classroom
Children who are blind using Perkins Braillers® in the classroom.
Image: Kim addressing a classroom
Kim Polman presenting at the Africa Forum about the success of KBT
Image: Workers repairing braillers
Learning to repair a brailler.

Dear Friends,

I will never forget my first triathlon. An ocean swim; biking on closed roads; running on hard packed sand; the great Floridian sunrise; the iHop breakfast afterwards with some great friends who came to support at the crack of dawn. It was an awesome experience. I was hooked.

Several seasons later and I am more hooked than ever. I have committed to the most foolish of adventures and embark on a journey to gratefully rely on the overwhelming support I have in you, my friends and family, to compete in a full distance Ironman, 3.86km (2.4mi) swim, 180.25km (112mi) bike, 42.2km (26.2mi) run, while helping continue the work of the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust.

Track my progress as I train for Ironman Austria at http://www.crossingthefinish.com.

The Challenge

Imagine for a moment your high-school class of 27 kids had to share 9 pencils and 9 sheets of paper. How much did you learn? Without access to a machine all day a blind student cannot take notes, do homework or take exams.

Each Braille machine in South Africa costs close to 400 (US$640). Donate that much and I’ll give you a high-five.

So, don’t be shy. Get your checkbooks out. There are no minimum donations. Every penny helps. The KBT has no administrative costs, so every penny you give goes directly to improving literacy rates among Africa’s blind.

About the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust and Other Giving Options

The Kilimanjaro Blind Trust (KBT), founded by my parents and others in 2005, is making significant strides in improving literacy rates among blind children in east Africa, specifically in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. As a result of the overwhelming success in these countries, KBT will soon be launching in South Africa. Obviously this does not happen for free (actually $63,000 for the first year).

There are currently 21 schools in South Africa for the visually impaired, but only 5 have immediate access to a repair technician. Furthermore, there are 2,700 students sharing 900 Braille machines.

Together with Perkins, the KBT will set up a network of braille repair and distribution and collection centers to give greater access to Braille machines in South Africa.

For more information about the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust, visit http://www.perkinsinternational.org/what-we-do/kbt.

To make a donation by check or wire transfer, please be sure to note that the gift is for the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust, Inc. and follow the instructions below:

For Domestic Wire Transfers
Bank Name: TD BANK, N.A.
Account Name: Perkins School for the Blind
Full name of Acc. Holder: Perkins School for the Blind
Memo: Kilimanjaro Blind Trust, Inc.
Address of Acc. Holder: 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02472, USA
Account Number: 824-7099307
ABA: 031101266
Currency of Account: US dollars

For International Wire Transfers in US Dollars
Bank Name: TD BANK, N.A.
Bank Address: Wilmington, Delaware
Account Name: Perkins School for the Blind
Full name of Acc. Holder: Perkins School for the Blind
Memo: Kilimanjaro Blind Trust, Inc.
Address of Acc. Holder: 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02472, USA
Account Number: 824-7099307
ABA: 031101266
Swift Code: NRTHUS33
Currency of Account: US dollars

For Foreign Currency Incoming Wire Transfers (except Euros)
Bank Name: TD Bank Toronto
Bank Address: Ontario, Canada
Account Name: Perkins School for the Blind
Full name of Acc. Holder: Perkins School for the Blind
Memo: Kilimanjaro Blind Trust, Inc.
Address of Acc. Holder: 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02472, USA
Account Number: 824-7099307
ABA: 031101266
Swift Code: NRTHUS33XXX
Currency of Account: Foreign (except Euros)

Send checks by mail to:
Kilimanjaro Blind Trust C/O Perkins
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472 USA

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