The Stella Fundraising trip- Kilimanjaro to Cape Town
By cycling through Africa to raise money, we hope to get a lot of media coverage, since this is a unique story in Korea. This media coverage we will use to send a message to everyone that we should start to talk about depression. The award-winning Stephane Kaas, a filmmaker from the Netherlands, will make a documentary about this trip that we can use to spread awareness about depression.
Jaehoon chose Africa for several reasons.
First, Africa is a beautiful continent, but also a very harsh one, this increased Jaehoon’s personal challenge and even shows his commitment to this cause in a very tangible way.
Second, the trip is very symbolic, it starts at the Stella Point in Kilimanjaro, sharing the name of our Foundation and of Jaehoon’s mom.
Also, the ending point is very symbolic, Cape of Good Hope, showing that there is always hope that things will improve. Initially, the Cape of Good Hope was actually called “Cape of Storms” (Cabo das Tormentas) Bartolomeu Dias, the first European to reach the cape. However, it was later renamed by John II of Portugal as “Cape of Good Hope” (Cabo da Boa Esperança) because of the great optimism engendered by the opening of a sea route to India and the East. We see this as a metaphor for the change we hope Korea can establish.
Moreover, Africa, despite often referred to as a poor continent or even lost continent, has a lot of happy people and that depression especially is rare in tight communities. We can apply those lessons learned to how depression develops. The trip in summary:
- The highest mountain in Africa, 5.895 m, Kilimanjaro to Stella Point
- >6000 KM by bicycle
- 6 countries, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa
- 1 mission; to beat depression
2 big events; Maun, 23rd of July and Cape Town 2nd of September
Help us beat depression
This is our crowd funding campaign, currently we have raised 13,764 USD which is 27% of our goal of reaching 50 000 USD.