Dan, Alison, Charles and Brad of Team See Possibilities have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa at 19,341 feet. Typically a 5-8 day climb, the team completed the trek in 2 ½ days, at night time.
Team See Possibilities is a nonprofit organization founded by blind endurance athlete Dan Berlin and his three guides: Alison Qualter Berna, Brad Graff and Charles Scott. Their missions is to take on adventurous endurance challenges around the world to inspire each individual, with or without disabilities, to go beyond their perceived limitations.
Dan and his three guides go on epic endurance challenges never done before by an athlete who is blind, making history in iconic locations and supporting local efforts to work with children who are blind and inspiring hope among all children. Dan Berlin has already made history twice. In October 2014, he became the first runner who is blind to cross the Grand Canyon and back “rim to rim to rim” nonstop, a 46-mile trek with over 20,000 feet of elevation change. And in October 2015, the group traversed the length of the Inca Trail to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru. The treacherous, 26-mile route starts at 9,000 feet above sea level and crosses over three mountain passes. The trek normally takes four days to complete. Team See Possibilities did it in 13 hours.
The reason Dan challenges himself on these epic adventures is to inspire each individual, with or without disabilities, to go beyond their perceived limitations
Working with the Intrepid Foundation and their main sponsor Intrepid Travel, Team See Possibilities is supporting the work of Education East Africa. Education East Africa (EEA) creates opportunities for young people to gain vocational skills equipping them for employment or self-employment.
Working with the Intrepid Foundation, Team See hosted an event at Education East Africa. It was attended by government officials from all over the region supporting the development of a center that will provide vocational skills to get young people off the streets and into meaningful employment. In order to highlight the importance of trust and teamwork, Team See organized a blindfolded tug of war that generated a lot of laughs. In a way, by closing their eyes, this experience opened them to a new way of perceiving the world. After hearing Dan’s story, several government officials spoke movingly about how his words changed their perception of people with disabilities. They pledged to seek out ways to reduce discrimination and better integrate a population that has all too often been marginalized.
Amanda Knight: Amanda@educationeastafrica.org
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