Trekking for kids
Published on 08.12.2008 - The last degree
The five businessmen, whose aim is to ski the Last Degree to the South Pole in aid of children in difficulty, have reached the base at Patriot Hills.
Bolstered by the previous experience of Spring 2006 when the men trekked the Last Degree to the North Pole, raising half a million dollars for children in need, Doug Stoup from Ice Axe TV is at it again.
This time around it is five businessmen from Hamilton, Niagara and Halton (Canada) who have decided to walk the final 200 km to the Pole. And once again they have the same idea in mind: to provide support for kids with problems. The five men are: Steve Stipsits, who has spent the past 35 years working in real estate in Burlington, Fred Losani, also fifty approximately and also in real estate, Peter Turkstra, who runs a family property subcontracting company that has been in business for over fifty years, and Mark MacLennman, director of a storage system group for a wide range of products. These four stalwarts will have a leader throughout their trip: Doug Stoup, who is highly experienced in trips to the furthest corners of our planet, including the polar regions.
Every member of the 'South Pole Expedition for Kids' has set himself the goal of improving the lives of disadvantaged youngsters in the area where they live. Their target is to raise at least 0,000 as part of their adventure. Their efforts go directly to support programmes that provide better food in schools, as well as music programmes and a whole range of initiatives designed to improve the lives of kids in the areas mentioned who need it the most.
The men began their trek on 7th December.