Adventurers Risk Lives to Benefit At-Risk Children
OLEAN, N.Y., Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Many people go to significant lengths to support their favorite charities.
Few, however, attempt to scale two of the highest -- and most dangerous -- mountains in the world to raise funds and awareness for organizations that benefits at-risk children. But that's exactly what Carl Drew did last summer, along with a team of 23 high-altitude climbers and 230 porters.
In January 2006, Drew developed Climbing For A Cause (http://www.climbingforacause.org/), which is dedicated to the development of at-risk teens and youth charities through adventure-based events, programs, and films. Their vision for 2006 was to climb two Pakistani mountains -- K2 (28,240 feet) and Broad Peak (26,414 feet) -- and produce a documentary, Daring to Dream, about the climb. The proceeds from the documentary along with corporate and private donations would then be used to benefit the four charities Climbing For A Cause represented: World Vision, Communities In Schools, the Front Row Foundation, and Locks of Love.
Drew, an adventurer at heart, and a kitchen cutlery sales person by profession, combined these two passions as a way to pursue his dreams. As a pre-med student at Wabash College in Indiana, Drew was introduced to Cutco Cutlery (http://www.cutco.com/), the largest kitchen cutlery manufacturer in North America, and its sales division, Vector Marketing (http://www.campusrelations.com/).
Today, Drew is one of the company's leading sales representatives. Products are sold through a national network of college students who sell through in-home personal demonstrations. This is a career that allows him a flexible schedule and an income significant enough to combine his adventurous spirit with his desire to help those less fortunate.
Although Drew climbed into the "death zone" of K2 (more than 26,000 feet), he did not make it to the summit (28,240 feet). Nevertheless, he considers the two-month expedition an overwhelming success because of the experience and the benefit it will bring to children through the awareness and funding the expedition and film will bring to the four charities.
"The concept was not to conquer the mountain, but to have an adventure and challenge ourselves," he said. "Our ultimate goal was to push personal barriers, work together, and help others through Climbing For A Cause."
Drew and his Pakistani porter, Aziz, climbed as a team to 24,000 feet. At that point Aziz developed AMS (acute mountain sickness) and was forced to descend with the supervision of several other climbers. Drew decided to cautiously try to climb the last few thousand feet, but wisely turned back due to 100 mph winds, the threat of avalanches, and viewing body parts of less fortunate climbers on the trail into Base Camp.
Now safely back in the United States, Drew and his crew are editing 65 hours of film, scheduling motivational speeches that will benefit Climbing For A Cause, and planning their next expedition. You can book Carl to speak about his experience at one of your events by emailing an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Cutco Cutlery and Vector Marketing
Cutco Cutlery (http://www.cutco.com/) is a 57-year-old company with headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Olean, New York. Vector Marketing (http://www.campusrelations.com/) is the company's sales division, which trains and coordinates the activities of the direct sales team of college students.