An Omaha man is far, far away from home. John MacKenzie is in Tanzania with a momentous task in front of him. He is climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, a total of 19,334-feet. Judi Wheeldon is MacKenzie’s spokesperson and says as a milestone birthday approached, he wanted to make a difference in someone else’s life.
“He wanted to do something special for that birthday. Something memorable to help an organization. He met somebody in a different state who was part of CASA and he really liked the program, the non-profit organization. He really liked the concept what they did so he decided for his 50th birthday that he was going to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. John does this. John is a mountain climber, he likes to climb and that is his path and he thought he would do it and raise awareness about CASA.”
Wheeldon says CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) is a group of volunteers that advocate for children in the court and foster care system. MacKenzie’s climb will benefit that organization.
“The volunteers are court appointed. They have to take a class and the judge appoints them. They take cases of children who are in the legal system. They advocate just for that child and make sure that child is put into a good foster care system.”
MacKenzie is being accompanied by a guide. He hopefully will reach the summit on June 18th.
MacKenzie is hoping to raise awareness and donations for CASA. The public can follow his climb, learn more about CASA and make donations by logging onto kilismycasa.bbnow.org.