Wife of USS Kidd Hall of Honor Inductee to Climb Africa’s Mt. Kilimanjaro for Charity

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    Leslie Vice, Central resident and wife of US Army Retired Specialist, Iraqi war veteran & USS Kid Hall of Honor Inductee Aaron Vice is seeking to raise funds to support The O’Brien School for the Maasai in Tanzania, Africa by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. 
    Leslie will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in June, with a group called S.E.W. (Successfully, Empowering, Women). Three young ladies formed this group and together they have put together a climb to raise money and awareness of this women’s group that operates out of The O’Brien School for the Maasai.  S.E.W. hopes their efforts, and money will help pave the way for the Tanzanian women to become independent and seen as equals in their villages.  
    “Having climbed Kili before, I can honestly say that it is the hardest thing (physically, mentally, and emotionally) that I have ever done, yet it is nothing compared to the struggles that the impoverished women of Tanzania face on a daily basis. The climb is 5-7 days of pushing yourself to your physical and mental limits, struggling to continue to put one foot in front of the other and continue walking.” said Susan, Vertucci, one of the creators of S.E.W. 
    Leslie is looking to raise $2500 over the next couple of months for The O’Brien School for the Maasai.  The funds raised will allow the women to continue with their current projects and give them the opportunity to develop new skills and crafts to help them provide for themselves and their families.  The items made by these women are sold mainly to tourists, and volunteers in Tanzania.  
    Founded in 2006, by a native of Chicago, Kellie O’Brien, The O’Brien School for the Maasai gives 320 Tanzanian children the opportunity to grow, learn, and see a future they couldn’t see before. 
    For more information on how to sponsor Leslie’s climb and The O’Brien School for the Maasai visit her fundraising page . Here you can make a tax-deductible donation through First Giving.  
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Leslie Vice