Ossining Resident to climb tallest mountain in the world to raise money for St. Christopher’s; partners with Club Fit for initiative
DOBBS FERRY, NY (April 2014) – In an environment where children are faced with their own “mountains” on a daily basis, Ossining resident Kurt Kannemeyer has become a role model. Kannemeyer, the director of development for the residential treatment center for special education students at St. Christopher’s, Inc. in Dobbs Ferry, announced today that he will climb the 19,500 foot Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania this August to raise funds for St. Christopher’s. Club Fit, a comprehensive health and fitness facility in Briarcliff Manor, has agreed to be at Kannemeyer’s side throughout the training process to help him reach the top.
Kannemeyer sets out in August for his seven-day climb to the summit of the highest mountain in Africa.
Last year Kannemeyer climbed Mt. Kilimajaro for the first time and after 17,000 ft suffered from breathing difficulties and had to end his effort. “An important part of successfully summiting Kilimanjara is recognizing your body’s limits and I knew for safety reasons that it was best I stop. Now I know how to properly train and prepare.”
“Initially I performed an assessment of Kurt’s current fitness level in order to develop a customized program specifically for him and this effort. Meeting with the client is always essential so I, as the personal trainer, can get to know our client’s goals and driving forces,” said Club Fit Personal Trainer Sarah Benishek. “During the next five months, Kurt will need to increase his aerobic fitness, endurance and prepare him for the changing altitudes he will experience.”
Kannemeyer’s goal is to raise XX for St. Christopher’s with funding going to programming for the students in transitional cottages to ensure they receive the necessary life skills to become independent once they graduate.
Since its inception in 1881, St. Christopher’s has helped teens with emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities by providing a residential program encompassing comprehensive therapeutic, social and family services coordinated with special education schooling.
“To have come so close last year only gives Kurt more of a driving force to finish the climb this time,” said Bob Maher, CEO. “Hard work pays off and dreams do become a reality. We all are supporting Kurt!”
Kannemeyer, a South African native, grew up in a ghetto outside of Port Elizabeth in the 1980s and early 1990s, when the apartheid regime that segregated blacks and whites, rich and poor, was only beginning to be dismantled. His mother and father raised Kannemeyer and his three sister in a tiny cottage. Despite an educational system lacking resources and morale, he was accepted to the University of Port Elizabeth and trained for a law degree.
Anyone looking to make a donation to Kannemeyer’s climb can contact him (914) 648-0817.
About St. Christopher’s, Inc.
St. Christopher’s, Inc. is an innovative adolescent development organization dedicated to helping children with special needs and their families by delivering a seamless continuum of care. We provide quality education; therapeutic intervention and life planning skills in a safe and nurturing environment with the goal of helping each child reach his/her full potential. For more information visit www.sc1881.com.