For almost three decades, Stockholm based adventurer-philantropist Lee Neary (34) has dreamt of pitting himself against the diverse climates and formidable altitude of Mt. Kilimanjaro (5,895m), Tanazania.

Now, concluding a year of careful planning and collaboration with Inventia Travel, Lee and his girlfriend, Åsa Svensson (33), will finally make their way to East Africa in December 2019 to embark on the challenge of a life time. Commencing 20th December 2019, the swashbuckling couple will start their western ascent of Kilimajaro along the Lemosho Route – acclaimed for its high success rate and beauty. ”Sure, we’re pretty nervous, excited and under no illusion that this will be a walk in the park, so to speak. Neither of us have tried summiting a volcano before.” Lee replied when asked how preparations for the trip were going, ”I don’t think you can ever be ready enough for something like this, but we’re all in. We’ve been training avidly on our local ski slope and nature reserves around Stockholm and trust that our guide group, Homeland Adventures, will help us to rise to the challenge.”

Smile Mission are a Swedish-Ugandan based non-profit organization looking to make a progressive impact on disenfranchised
communities around sub-saharan Africa. Chairman, Duncan Njuki, states that, ”everybody has the right to smile, if you feel as
though you have nothing else – a smile can be a good start towards making change.” The Smile to the Summit event is scheduled
as a fundraising opportunity towards the organization’s latest project, Her Choice, which aims to improve standards of sanitary products and education amongst Ugandan schoolgirls. ”Things can not continue this way”, Lee stressed on the issue, ”no human on earth should be shamed or denied their right to education under any circumstance – especially as consequence of nature.”

Follow the couple’s adventure on Facebook, Instagram or the Smile Mission website.

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