For Immediate Release
December 19, 2012
Photographer David Noyes leads Kilimanjaro trek “for a cause”
March 1 – 9, 2013, award winning photographer and travel writer David Noyes will lead a Mount Kilimanjaro summit trek in Tanzania to support his new charitable organization Innocent Eyes Project, Inc.
“It is impossible to travel into poor or isolated corners of the developing world and not be touched by the innocent eyes of a young child,” commented Noyes. “As a photographer and travel writer, I have been fortunate to visit some of the world’s great places. I am starting Innocent Eyes Project, Inc. in 2013 to financially assist grassroots child education programs working in developing countries. It is my way of giving back just a little bit to the people and places that have shaped my life,” he continued.
In 2000 the World Education Forum in Dakar committed 164 nations to achieving free universal basic education by 2015. While a tremendous amount has been done there is still a lot to do. Two billion children, 85 percent of the world’s total, live in the developing world. Their futures and those of their children depend on whether they go to school and how much they learn. UNESCO reports that 100 million children of primary school age (15 percent of the worldwide total) are not in school. Sub-Saharan Africa now accounts for half of the world’s out-of-school children.
“During my travels, I met some very special people who saw a need, addressed a problem and were determined to make a difference in the lives of children who live below the radar of governments and international aid organizations,” said Noyes. Many of these hero’s are American travelers who partnered with a local individual or community to build a school or library, hire a teacher, help pay for books, supplies and uniforms, or cover the tuition for a child in need. With targeted donations to programs that have a proven record of success, we can do some wonderful things in local communities that will create a ripple effect and touch the lives of thousands.”
Planned with Colorado based adventure travel tour operator Adventures Within Reach, the trek will follow the Machame Route with 3-nights in Moshi. This trek will be the first of what Noyes says will be an annual fundraising event that will make a difference in the lives of children and allow trekkers to share one of the great experiences in the world.
A graduate of RIT and Harvard University, David Noyes has received 12 North American Travel Journalist Association (NATJA) awards for his photography and travel writing including the Grand Prize for Photography in both 2010 and 2011. He was also awarded a prestigious 2010 Lowell Thomas Award for his article “The Sacred City of Shiva” about Varanasi, India. Noyes has led several photo safaris to East Africa, Nepal, and India. He has trekked the Inca trail to Machu Picchu and the trail to Everest Base Camp in Nepal.
You can see more of David’s work at www.noyestravels.com.
For more information about the trek email firstname.lastname@example.org
Innocent Eyes Project 2013 Kilimanjaro Trek
Make a difference in the lives of children and experience Africa on this extraordinary trek led by award-winning photographer and travel writer, David Noyes.
March 1: Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport, transfer, overnight Bristol Cottages or similar
March 2: Rest Day (visit a local school with Make a Difference), overnight Bristol Cottages or similar (B)
March 3-8: 6 Day Machame Trek
March 3: Machame Camp (BLD)
March 4: Shira Camp (BLD)
March 5: Barranco Camp (BLD)
March 6: Barafu Camp (BLD)
March 7: Summit, Millenium/Mweka Camp (BLD)
March 8: Return to Moshi, overnight Bristol Cottages or similar (BL)
March 9: Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport, Depart (B)
***NOTE: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
$1,845/person for the Kilimanjaro trek
$240/person for 3 hotel night(s) in Moshi
$160/person for Kilimanjaro Airport transfers
$1,000 donation to Innocent Eyes Project
$3,245 TOTAL (Price does not include flights to Kilimanjaro Airport.)
$1,000 tax-deductible donation to Innocent Eyes Project
National Park gate fees
Transport from Moshi to starting point on mountain and return to Moshi
Hut or camping fees
Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
Salaries for all crew members
Rescue fees (as required by national park)
All meals on the mountain
Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
Price does not include
Flights to Kilimanjaro Airport
Tips for guides and porters
Sleeping bags and personal items
Accommodation and meals in Moshi
Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)