A documentary film crew needs donations to help fund a feature-length program on the first all-black American team of climbers to take on North America’s tallest mountain.
Yeah, I know. Your mailbox and your email get flooded daily with people pitching you for money — charities, politicians, you name it.
This one’s more than a little different.
Next month, a team of nine mountaineers will attempt to climb Denali, aka Mount McKinley, the highest peak on the North American continent.
Nine young black American mountaineers, the first such team ever to make this attempt.
The National Outdoor Leadership School helped train them for the climb. Now, NOLS wants to take a crew from Distill Productions in Montana to record it for a documentary, but they need $107,500 to do it.
They’re trying to raise the money online via Kickstarter, which has agreed to finance the project…IF they raise the money before the deadline, which is less than 48 hours from now.
So far, they’ve raised about $79,000 in pledges, which puts them $28,500 short, with two days left.
Kickstarter won’t fund the documentary for anything less than the whole amount, so getting close won’t cut it here. It’s the $107,500…or nothing.
Can we help these folks out a little bit? You can donate as little as $1, and there are rewards for donors at levels above a buck.
As for the climbers themselves, Denali isn’t the end of anything. They’re out to bag each of the Seven Summits, the highest mountains on each of the world’s seven continents.
And yes, that includes Mount Everest.
It also includes Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, which actually has a higher failure rate among climbers than Everest.
These mountains are no joke. Somebody dies on these peaks nearly every year.
This is an inspirational story of nine black Americans who have worked and trained hard to take on one of the world’s toughest climbs. And seriously, couldn’t we all use a little inspiration right now?
Wouldn’t you love, just one time, to turn on your television or log on to YouTube and see something other than the usual mass media force-feeding of stories about crime, drugs, single mothers, deadbeat fathers, kids with sagging pants and which rapper got arrested today?
How cool would it be to turn on the box and see something to show us that we can do anything — and that in fact, we already do everything?
This is not strictly a black thing, however. The Denali climbers want to inspire all of us who live strictly urban lives to re-connect to the natural world, something we need for our physical and mental well-being.
It doesn’t have to be anything as daunting as climbing towering mountains. There are beaches, hiking trails, bike-riding trails in or near our own communities. How many of us live within a four-hour drive of one of America’s great national parks, but have never been to one?
That needs to change, and these six brothers and three sisters are part of a small but growing movement to lead that change.
A click on this link will take you to the Kickstarter campaign where you can make your contribution.
Honestly, it shouldn’t even be necessary to do this. CNN, National Geographic, even BET and AspireTV should be all over this event. But that’s a conversation for another time.
How many times have we heard friends and family complain that there aren’t enough positive programs about black Americans on TV? How many times have you made that same lament yourself? Well, here’s a chance to help get one on the air.
How about it? Can we climb this mountain? Let’s go!
ALSO CHECK OUT:
Climb every mountain