Mount Kilimanjaro Trek

Tanzania, Africa • June 12, 2021

FUNDS RAISED FOR St. Jude
OUR PROGRESS
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Tanzania, Africa

Michal Simko is an avid athlete, a chef and community minded man. He plays in an adult soccer league in Virginia Beach (which he says carried through from his love of playing soccer in his youth in his village of Morovany, Slovakia he also speaks about his time playing professionally as a young adult in Michalovce). He loved being outdoors growing up and spent most his time that way. This became a passion for hiking and trekking as an adult - He shares this love with his son, who often times will join him on his hiking adventures (see photo above). He remains active with his adult soccer league and hikes local spots in his free time. All of these activities only come after his work is done with Café Europa, a premier dining experience in Olde Towne Portsmouth, VA he opened with his wife over 30 years ago. Having a successful business and being part of the community is a priority to Michal.

He has had the plan to take this trip to Kilimanjaro for many years and thought, what better reason to pull it together than now, The reason he decided to do this for St. Jude is simple: Michal talks about watching their neighbors daughter fight and lose her battle with childhood cancer he said it all clicked. His daughter and Suzy played together, went to school together and watching her battle and after many years lose to this terrible disease, it stays with him every day. He shared “If I can do something to help others, to pay it forward with something I already love to do, and can motivate others to be a part of it as well, then I should”.

The trip is scheduled for June 12 - June 22, 2021 on Mt. Kilimanjaro in the country of Tanzania. This is a trek - not a technical climb. It's 6.5 days of hiking up and 1.5 days coming down. The trip includes all food, permits, transfer, guides, porters, and 3 nights in hotels. All the gear is moved up the mountain for the participant. Participants just have to hike each day from camp to camp. The Trek team does the rest. Tanzania is currently open to tourism, and Embark has trips starting in two weeks. Visit https://embarkexplorationco.com/ or call Donovan Pacholl at 503-922-1050 for questions regarding the trip.

Register today, and start fundraising for the kids of St. Jude.

What you can earn while helping the kids:

  • $250 raised - Boco Performance Hat
  • $500 raised - Tech Performance Pullover
  • $1000 raised - NorthFace Jacket
  • $2500 raised - Hiking Backpack
Top donations
Margaret and Dennis Gartman
$5,000
Michael Simko
$2,425
Michael Simko
$2,300
Cafe Europa Fundraiser
$1,100
Michael Simko
$1,000
Beverly & Jack Fox
$1,000
Glenn Therrien
$500
Robert Anderson
$500
Joann and David Faggert
$500
Jen Russell
$500
Towne Bank
$500
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$500
Jerome Schonfeld
$500
Robert & Anne Coffey
$500
Gerald & Whitney Sazio
$300
Don and Sue Comer
$300
Gary Munn
$250
Rob and Susan Habsen
$250
George Marfeo
$250
Maurice Connor
$250
Samantha Santee
$250
Gary Philbin
$250
John Erickson
$250
BARRY and CHERYL OLIVER
$250
Kathryn Scott
$200
Adele and Laurence Stark
$200
Ann Kirk
$200
gerald burgess
$200
KATHY KRETZ
$200
Kelly McCann
$150
gerald burgess
$150
Elaine Ramirez
$150
Michael Simko
$125
Bess Decker
$100
Clifford & Frances Olsen
$100
Michael Troupe
$100
Dawn Glynn
$100
Jeanne Weaver
$100
Jack M Pavlat
$100
John Cranham
$100
Bobby Scott
$100
Sheila Heysel
$100
Marilyn Harvey
$100
Mary Glass
$100
julius miller
$100
Virginia. (Gini) Semler
$100
Kay Honeycutt
$100
Edward & Dulce Eaves
$100
Jean Hanbury
$100
Larry and Jenna Lambert
$100
Elizabeth Taraski-Fisher
$100
Phillippe Winch
$100
Joe Massey
$100
sandra herron
$100
Albert & Sara Taylor
$100
M Randolph Smith
$100
Kathy Davis
$100
Dea Chalmers
$100
Sebastien Simko
$75
Janet Zitt
$50
Kimberly Adams
$50
Rebecca Harvey
$50
Cynthia Brewer
$50
Demi Wheeler
$50
Mark Menendez
$50
Nathan Palmer
$50
Janet Spitler
$50
Andrew McKinley
$50
Michael Simko
$50
Wayne Champagnie
$50
Brendan O'Leary
$50
Salli Hollenbach
$50
Mark and Colette Booher
$50
James Lewis
$50
Cameron Meals
$30
Diane Ruland
$30
Patti Lauer
$25
Florence Wolin
$25
Connor Harris
$25
Suzy Brett
$25
Jonathan Parker
$20
Rebecca Overton
$20
Matthew Kesselman
$5
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