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Karen Steffens – Charlotte

Dear Friend of Rotary District 7680:

WheKaren and Todd 2n my mother-in-law Edith was 10 years old she contracted Polio.  Edith’s courage and independent has been an inspiration to me over the past 30 years.

With my family’s involvement in Rotary and with Edith as our motivation, Todd and I have decided to climb Mt Kilimanjaro this summer with Rotary as part of its effort to eradication Polio worldwide.

Rotary has been fighting Polio since 1985.  Between 1985 and 2000 Rotary immunized more than 500 million children.  In 1988 there were 125 Polio-Endemic countries.  In 1994 the Americas were certified Polio-Free.  In 2002 Europe was certified Polio-Free and today there are only 2 Polio-Endemic countries remaining.

This push to finally eradicate Polio is most difficult and costly but to fail now would invite a Polio resurgence.  Each climber commits to raising a minimum of $3,000 each and we would love for you to join us in the effort to end Polio worldwide.

We are funding our own way to climb Kilimanjaro so every dollar you donate will go directly to Rotary International’s Push to End Polio.  You gift is tax deductible.

You can donate via Paypal using the link below or send a check payable to Rotary Foundation c/o Mike Walker Rotary 7680 Kilimanjaro Climb Organizer 5000 Winding Brook Road Charlotte NC 28226.Karen and Todd

We would also love for you to leave us a reply with good wishes – or even to tell us we are a bit crazy.

Thank you for visiting my site to support the Rotary District 7680 climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro to End Polio Now.

100% of all funds raised will go to The Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus Fund for Rotary International’s END POLIO NOW campaign. Thank you again for your generous support!! You will receive a confirmation of your donation directly from The Rotary Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your generous financial donation.

Please CLICK HERE to make a contribution with PayPal.


  1. You guys are somewhat crazy, but it will be an adventure of a lifetime! Good luck and take lots of pictures!

  2. The best kind of craziness–thanks for turning your compelling personal reason into Rotary service. God bless you both, and please take great care!

  3. What an exciting adventure and a great cause!! Wishing you two a safe and spectacular journey. Thanks to you Dan now wants climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. This trek may be in my future😳
    Can’t wait to see pics and hear all about it.

  4. What an exciting adventure and for a great cause!! Wishing you two a safe and spectacular journey. Can’t wait to see pics.

  5. GO MOM AND DAD!!!!! LOVE U GUYS AND BE SAFE!!👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼😊😊😊😊

  6. Hi Guys! We wish you all the best. Call and tell us all about it when you get back. Keep training–you’re going to need it!!! Our hearts are with you.

  7. Karen (and Todd),

    Having climbed Kilimanjaro in 2012 with Macon (not Rotary, however) I can say that it is definitely a bucket list item that will leave you with a lifetime of memories and conversations. Will look forward to hearing of your experience when you return. I hope you will have the time to enjoy a safari as well. If you happen to have Joseph (jose meela) as a guide you must get him to share some of his nearly 800 trips up the mountain.



  8. What a fantastic experience for a wonderful cause. I’ve flown over Kilimanjaro and it looks amazing (and exhilarating). This will be a lifetime experience!

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