On August 5 through 18 this summer, five avid supporters of House of Blue Hope are traveling to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to meet the kids of Blue Hope, volunteer at the house, and help fund raise for the Foundation by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Every few days, we will highlight one of the outstanding people planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in an effort to raise awareness and fund for the House of Blue Hope Foundation. Meet our third climber, John Rossi:
In less than a month I will be leaving for a 2 week trip to Africa. Flight is booked, itinerary printed and just tonight vaccines were taken. While I can’t wait for the safari, sightseeing and Kilimanjaro climb, I am equally excited to spend time at the House of Blue Hope facility. For those of you who may not know, the House of Blue Hope in a non-profit organization established by one of my best friends, Billy Bludgus – more affectionately know as “Father Bill”. Bill has been making an impact on peoples’ lives since I met him 10+ years ago at Saint Peter’s Prep. After college, Bill decided to take his talents to Tanzania (ironically enough from South Beach) and started off helping a handful of kids get off the streets of Dar es Salaam in 2007. Five years later, the small rented room has been replaced with one owned facility and a second rented building overseen by a full Tanzanian staff. The HBH currently supports 19 children and teenagers who are enrolled in schools and doing well. These kids have been given a chance to achieve something in life they otherwise would not have been given: a future through education and personal development. The concept is simple but the results are extraordinary and inspiring; knowing Bill, I am not surprised! None of this would have been possible without Bill’s vision, drive and dedication, the support of HBH founders and the generosity of supporters and friends. I ask for your support to keep the House of Blue Hope running in the right direction for many years to come. Please donate and make a difference today!
Support John in his efforts here and join us in wishing him the best of luck in his endeavor to climb the tallest mountain in Africa!