My name is Madeline Foster and I am 17 years old. My father and I created Trek for Autism after years of wanting to give back to our community while also encouraging others to do so. When I was six and my younger brother was three years old, he was diagnosed with Autism. Ever since that day, my family has worked tirelessly to provide for my brother, and we are thankful to have the ability to help him conquer his disability. However, many children born with special needs, especially Autism, have an extremely hard time finding jobs and becoming accustomed to a "typical" lifestyle. Many are in great need for assistance. In our town, Pleasanton, CA, Sunflower Hill is a community where adults with special needs have a community to live and socialize in while being able to hold down a job and be a part of the community. Half of the money raised by Trek for Autism will be donated to Sunflower Hill, and the other half will be donated to Autism Speaks, which is a leading foundation in Autism research and campaigns for awareness. 


Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain on the African continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro has three volcanic cones, Mawenzi, Shira and Kibo. Mawenzi and Shira are extinct but Kibo, the highest peak, is dormant and could erupt again. The most recent activity was about 200 years ago; the last major eruption was 360,000 years ago. Almost every kind of ecological system is found on the mountain: cultivated land, rain forest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and an arctic summit. The mountain’s snow caps are diminishing, having lost more than 80 percent of their mass since 1912. In fact, they may be completely ice free within the next 20 years, according to scientists. Shamsa Mwangunga, National Resources and Tourism minister of Tanzania, announced in 2008 that 4.8 million indigenous trees will be planted around the base of the mountain, helping prevent soil erosion and protect water sources.

All information was found from the World Wildlife Foundation 


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