Kilimanjaro for Kindness

Bailey Nurseries’ Gordie Bailey set to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro for an African school.

Gordie Bailey, chair of the board for Bailey Nurseries, headquartered in Newport, has always had a strong drive to give back. This February, it’s bringing him as far as northern Tanzania, where he will climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for a girls’ school in Kenya.

The idea began with Ryan Sarafolean, a St. Paul native who spent time studying in Africa during college. Interacting with young girls who were poverty-stricken, often abused and had difficult home lives pushed Sarafolean to start the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (KGSA) Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The KGSA Foundation works to support the girls’ school in tandem with the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy. The foundation’s goal is to raise $300,000 for the construction of dormitories that would allow girls to leave their difficult home situations and live full time at school. “This is where I, and we, can make a difference,” says Bailey. “It is a place where our dollars go a long way in helping to empower these young women.” Bailey learned about KGSA through a friend—and fellow climber.

Bailey’s goal is to raise $10,000 of this sum through his hike. Any and every donation is welcome, and Groundwork Opportunities, the fundraising site, allows 501(c)(3) organizations a free platform to raise money; 100 percent of tax-deductible donations go directly to the KGSA Foundation.

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