This past weekend at Whistler Water’s One Climb, blue was the colour of hope. With the highest attendance record ever for a fundraiser event at Grouse Mountain, there were volumes of hope and support to go around. 1,700 youth, community members and business leaders registered to tackle the Grouse Grind and raise funds for Free The Children.
Everyone involved was able to be a part of raising $110,000! While that is an impressive and impactful number, why stop there? Let’s challenge each other to bring that number up to $200,000 and continue to greatly improve the lives of those who truly need our support. Fundraising is open until July 6th, so send out emails and calls to friends and family to help change the world.
Take a look at the photos below to see shots of the We Day Dance led by Free The Children and the ivivva cheer team. During One Climb, Grouse Mountain was turned into one massive dance party while those involved celebrated making an enormous difference in the lives of Kenyans who are faced with the daily challenge of simply finding access to clean water. Later, at the top there was an amazing flash mob by Shift Dance Academy.
As you can see, with everyone dressed in blue literally from head to toe, participants proceeded to “flood the Grind”. All funds raised as part of One Climb go towards Free The Children clean water projects in Kenya, where they will support the charity’s year-long Water Initiative to provide clean water for 100,000 people.
After a tremendous group hike, participants joined at the top to hear Spencer West give an inspiring presentation, sharing his “shameless idealism” and congratulating everyone for their support in “redefining possible.”
Through One Climb and Free The Children, every $25 raised will provide clean water for one person for their entire life. After tallying the fundraising results, 4,400 people in Kenya’s lives have instantly transformed. To think, this is from one event, One Climb! Hard to say anything other than: incredible and inspiring.
“Congratulations to everyone for climbing the Grind – I’m a mountain climber myself and I know how gruelling it can be,” West said to crowd applause. “We all have a responsibility to lend a helping hand to someone who needs it, and today we’ve shown that changing the world can be fun too.”
We’d also love to give a huge thank you to Quiksilver, Roxy, DC, and ivivva who donated draw prizes and awards for top fundraisers. The top individual fundraiser was ten-year-old Jeremy Lo who raised $2,860 through email outreach to his friends and family.
Thank you to everyone who participated, pledged and helped to make this event a huge success in its first year. We can’t wait to see what change continues to come throughout the year until next year’s One Climb!