Tomorrow, my father departs to climb to the base camp of Mount Everest – his third large mountain climb (and likely not his last!). I hope that when I am 67, I have half of the energy he does! As part of that climb, he is fundraising for Impact Network to bring awareness to our schools and scholars.
My father was born in Uganda and spent over 10 years of his life there. He left Africa on October 4, 1972 at the age of 23, when Idi Amin was in power. He arrived in snowy Winnipeg, Canada, and began his life with $2 in his pocket – in a new country, with different customs, and no family or friends around him. For much of my childhood, my father told me the story of how he came to Canada and was able to build a life for his new wife and children, from just that $2. He was able to do that because his parents believed then, as my parents believe now, that there is nothing more valuable than a good education. That what was in his brain was more valuable than any amount in his pocket could ever be. This is why we do the work that we do – because fundamentally, we believe that every child deserves access to a quality education, like the one I was lucky enough to receive.
Each of you play a part in achieving this goal today. We each have our story for why we are here, and why we want to improve the lives of the children in our schools. But more important than that story, is our combined efforts, as a team, to make it happen. Each of you, in whatever work you are embarking on this week, can know that you are part of a greater goal, and that each day, you are bringing us all one step closer.
If you want to track his progress on the trip and see his fundraiser, take a look here: https://www.classy.org/campaign/steps-for-students/c97510.