NAPLES, Fla - A Naples man is setting out to climb the tallest free-standing mountain in the world and he's doing it with a special purpose in mind.
In February, Glen Schwesinger will climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and while getting to the top will be accomplishment in itself, Schwesinger is doing it to raise awareness for the next generation shelter, a newly formed group of 25-50 year olds working to raise awareness for the Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Naples.
Schwesinger tells WINK News, "the climbing of Kilimanjaro is my challenge, but I'm able to use that as a draw to get people to really pay attention to what's going with the next generation of the shelter."
The news that Schwesinger, a trustee, wanted to do this came as a welcomed surprise for employees of the shelter. Tiffany Doeringer says, "every ten years he likes to shake up his life and he said he he was climbing this mountain in Africa and we thought, oh my gosh."
"It was something I wanted to do, but I didn't have a reason to do it," says Schwesinger. "Finally, with the next generation, speaking with some of the shelter trustees we talked about it and decided that it was something that I could do to raise awareness for the next generation shelter."
Climb for the shelter will kick off its fundraising efforts with a "Climb for the Shelter" event in downtown Naples September 27. It starts at 5:30 p.m. At café Lurcat at 494 5th Avenue South. The cost is $35 per person.