Reaching the summit

The Make-A-Wish Israel team climbs Kilimanjaro to raise funds for children with life-threatening illnesses

By AVI BAR AHARON
March 21, 2018 16:47
Avi Bar Aharon and Noga Barkan at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro

Avi Bar Aharon and Noga Barkan at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. (photo credit: YARIV DAGAN)

AT THE end of January this year, together with 13 members of our Make-A-Wish Israel delegation I reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. We were there on a once-in-a- lifetime journey to accompany Noga Barkan, a 20-year-old cancer survivor, and we realized her wish – and our collective dreams together – at the climax of the climb.

When we reached the summit, it was an emotional moment for me, as well as physically exhausting. I immediately stretched out both my arms and placed them on the brown wooden plank that read, “Mount Kilimanjaro; Congratulations, you are now at Uhuru Peak, Tanzania, 5,895 meters, Africa’s highest point and the world’ s highest free-standing mountain.”

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