This September, 19 women from various backgrounds set out to climb the highest free-standing peak in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro, to send a message about breaking society barriers for women. These climbers include cast member of reality TV show Real Housewives of New York and owner of Yummie Heather Thomson, retired US military veterans Yvonne Heib and Stevie Gelenis, and Certified Fitness Consultant Memmy Staber.
These women chose to climb a mountain because for them, it is the perfect metaphor for all of the challenges women face in society. “We organized the climb to share the message to women everywhere that together we are stronger than we could ever be apart”, says Memmy Staber.
Memmy also states that some of the women have said “I’m doing this climb so I can live again”, or “I’m doing this climb to climb out of my own personal darkness and heal my mind and soul” or “I’m doing this climb to prove to myself and others that I am enough. Just being me is enough, to stop having to always prove something.”
When ResortSuite Founder & CEO Frank Pitsikalis learned about the women’s initiative through industry colleagues, he knew ResortSuite had to get involved in some way.
ResortSuite quickly became a sponsor of the climb by providing financial support and, along with ISPA, donated ISPA registration bags so the climbers could stuff them with much needed supplies for nearby villages which they visited after their rigorous climb.
“It has been an honor to share the success of the climb with our partner organizations that emphasize teamwork like ResortSuite. The only way we got to the summit of the mountain was because we had a strong team unit. Together with the porters who have helped us every step of the way, we all wanted each other to succeed and we helped each other – nobody was in it just for themselves,” said Staber. “Thank you ResortSuite for helping us in our climb!”
“We are proud to be part of this amazing endeavour for women around the world. The message of teamwork and perseverance resonates very well with our company’s values,” says ResortSuite CEO Frank Pitsikalis. “ResortSuite is the industry leader we are today because of the strength of our team and how well we work as a unit to push technological boundaries every day. Congratulations to all of the 19 women who completed this incredible feat.”
At the end of their climb, the 19 women gave back to the community that helped them reach their goal by donating supplies to the Tanzanian porters, who had been their rock throughout the entire climb, and their families.
For more information on KiliClimb 2016, visit Heather Thomson’s Facebook Page.