Canadian and Kenyan Students Climb Mount Kenya and Build Classrooms Together, Sharing Their Journey with Thousands of Students Live on Facebook, Twitter and other Social Media.
Students across Canada are raising money to build classrooms in Kenya as part of
'The GarnierFindingLife Expedition to Africa'.
OTTAWA - Adventurer Elia Saikaly, who summited Mount Everest in 2010 with his education and
fundraising initiative FindingLife.ca and broadcast his journey to thousands of students over the
over the internet, is leading six Canadian students this April on The Garnier FindingLife Expedition
In partnership with title sponsor Garnier and the Moving Mountains Trust, Saikaly and the
students will travel to Kenya for three weeks (departing Ottawa on April 21st) where they will
team up with six Kenyan students. Together they will build classrooms in Solio, play in a
spectacular international soccer tournament on April 26th (video showcasing tournament,
English soccer info, French soccer info) with Kenyan and 400 Ottawa students shared live over
the Internet and they will cap off the expedition by climbing the second highest point in Africa -
“Last year’s Everest expedition was a tremendous success and we plan trump it with even more
student participation and fundraising this year,” said Elia Saikaly. “The most inspiring part of
these expeditions is to witness thousands of students working together achieving their goals and
learning valuable lessons about reaching their potential in the process.”
The six students joining Saikaly and his team in Africa are Rima Sanallah Alexandre Labranche,
Kendra Paul, Lindsey Gresham, Scott Pardoel Gibson and Roger Collins. They were all selected
through a FindingLife.ca Facebook contest.
“When I first saw my name on FindingLife's Facebook page saying I was selected, I felt as if my
heart hit the ground. A feeling of happiness overcame me and I just started jumping, screaming,
and crying tears of joy,” said Sanallah, a 17-year-old from Brookfield High School student. “I
was exceptionally happy knowing that now I have a chance to make a huge impact on some
The expedition will be followed and supported by thousands of Canadian students who will
watch HD webisodes and live video feeds, follow and interact with Facebook and Twitter
updates, participate in live Skype video chats and more.
The adventure will also be the subject of research and analysis carried out by expedition co-lead
and University of Ottawa Professor Norm O’Reilly on the impact the experience will have on the
students’ lives in the short and long-term. In particular, the research will explore any changes in
their physical activity, self-efficacy, goal-setting and health behavior that can be attributed to
their experiences surrounding The Garnier FindingLife expedition to Africa.
Also joining the expedition team will be Garnier’s marketing group manager, Annie Grégoire,
where she will be acting as youth support.
The Expedition takes place April 21st – May 12th. You can follow the FindingLife team at
findinglife.ca and join the fan page: facebook.com/findinglifeeducationaladventures
Educators can sign up their schools or classrooms for free at:
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or contributing to The Moving Mountains Trust
please contact Elia Saiklay at firstname.lastname@example.org
FindingLife is movement that combines adventure, technology, film and charitable initiatives to
inspire others to FIND their most meaningful LIFE and spark positive change. Please visit
findinglife.ca for more information
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