The OLMA team in France is raising funds for the Downside Up charity through a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro.
Downside Up is a Moscow organisation that assists and provides support and advice for Russian families who are raising children with Down syndrome. Downside Up develops innovative child training and parent support methods, disseminates knowledge and experience amongst professionals, and works to raise public awareness about Down syndrome with the aim of changing attitudes. Downside Up provides all of its programmes to families free of charge.
This initiative was inspired by one of OLMA’s partners, Jeremy Barnes, who was a founder and is a long time supporter of Downside Up. He has challenged himself to climb Kilimanjaro year after year to raise money and awareness for his charity, and this year the whole team accompanied him up to the roof of Africa. Each team member that went on climbing Kilimanjaro committed to raise $1,500 per person for Downside Up.
The OLMA team financed their own travel and expenses for the Kilimanjaro trip but has also committed to inform and involve their friends and acquaintances about the Downside Up charity.
OLMA Team Kilimanjaro Trek for Downside Up Charity