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TiM GW Bulletin 99/12-5

Dec. 16, 1999

An APPENDIX to TiM Readers' Forum - Dec/99

Climb for Children

Nash Djordjevic's Humanitarian Action: A World Class Mountain Climber Wants to Scale Three World Peaks for Children of Serbia

FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONA         Topic: GLOBAL AFFAIRS


"CLIMB FOR CHILDREN"

A (CANADIAN) TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION

A NON-PROFIT FUNDRAISER FOR CHILDREN IN NEED

Background

Due to the current political and economic situation in Yugoslavia, living conditions have severely worsened. Since the available resources are very limited, humanitarian aid is necessary. An estimated 800,000 people out of Yugoslavia's 10.5 million population, are refugees who have been forced out of their homes since the country's separation. The majority of the population lives in inhuman conditions, leaving Yugoslavia's children cold and hungry. Unless something is done urgently, before the harsh Balkan winter sets in, some of these children will die from hunger. Others still may die as a result of complications due to the cold or treatable illnesses, simply because there are no supplies to treat them. The Yugoslavian Red Cross, UNICEF, UNCHR and University Children's Hospital of Belgrade have all issued a dramatic appeal to the people of the world. During the last winter of this millennium, think of those children in the middle of Europe, and help to send humanitarian aid to Yugoslavia.

The Climb

VANCOUVER BASED MOUNTAIN CLIMBER NASH DJORDJEVIC WILL BE ATTEMPTING TO SET A NEW CANADIAN CLIMBING RECORD, IN ORDER TO RAISE AWARENESS AND FUNDS TO AID THE CHILDREN OF WAR-TORN YUGOSLAVIA. HE WILL DO SO BY CLIMBING THREE OF THE WORLD’S "SEVEN SUMMITS", (THE HIGHEST MOUNTAINS ON ALL SEVEN CONTINENTS) IN ONE CLIMBING SEASON, STARTING JANUARY 24, 2000.

The three mountains Nash will climb are:

ACONCAGUA 6,958M, the highest peak in SOUTH AMERICA

KILIMANJARO 5,895M, the highest peak in AFRICA

MT. MCKINLEY/DENALI 6,195M, the highest peak in NORTH AMERICA

Should Nash beat the odds and reach the three summits, he will have climbed 19,048 vertical meters, and will become the first Canadian ever, to achieve this record.

His fund-raising goal is to earn $1.00 for each meter of his climb.

Climbing these incredibly high mountains is a serious undertaking, both physically and mentally, for even the most seasoned climber. Nonetheless, Nash is willing to face the risks in order to help make a difference in the lives of Yugoslavia’s smallest victims.

Nash believes also, that his action reflects the empathy that many Canadians feel for all the innocent victims of war, and encourages people to show their support by contributing to this endeavor. That is, to share the fruits of our success with those less fortunate. He wishes to raise the Canadian and Serbian flags above the human tragedy with this peaceful gesture to help the people of the Serbian and Balkan states to begin to heal.

Tax Seductible Donations

At the same time, this is an outstanding way to enhance an individual’s or a company’s image, as the media has already shown a keen interest in featuring this type of story. As well, Nash will provide all donators access to all photographic materials gathered on the climbs, and each will be named at all slide shows and lectures following the climbs.

ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE AND GO DIRECTLY TOWARDS PROVIDING MEDICINE, MEDICINE EQUIPMENT AND FOOD FOR THE CHILDREN OF YUGOSLAVIA.

PLEASE MAKE YOUR DONATION AS LARGE OR AS SMALL AS YOUR MEANS WILL ALLOW, BUT PLEASE DO GIVE US YOUR HELP. ANY SUPPORT YOU CARE TO OFFER IS GREATLY APPRECIATED AND NO DONATION IS CONSIDERED TOO SMALL.

Please make your tax-deductible cheques payable to:

The Serbian Orthodox Church-St.Sava*

For "CLIMB FOR CHILDREN"

c/o Nash Djordjevic

111-1530 Graveley St.

Vancouver, BC V5L 3A6

To find out more information about "CLIMB FOR CHILDREN", please contact Nash Djordjevic at (604) 551-3069, e-mail: nash@intergate.ca

* Serbian Orthodox Church-St.Sava, is a registered Canadian charitable organization, and as such, it has been empowered to issue "income tax exempt" receipts.


BACKGROUND ON NASH DJORDJEVIC

Plus, his climbing resume

Nash Djordjevic

111-1530 Graveley St.

Vancouver, BC V5L 3A6

Cell: (604) 551-3069

E-mail: nash@intergate.ca

Nash Djordjevic is employed by the biggest Canadian outdoor gear retailer Mountain Equipment Co-op, and he resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. When not climbing, he lectures and holds slide shows from his trips. He is a speaker for UNICEF and he is involved in voluntary Community work. Beside the college diploma in civil engineering from University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Nash also has the following skills:

MOUNTAIN CLIMBING GUIDE AND INSTRUCTOR

MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM AND SKI PATROL INSTRUCTOR AND EXAMINER

INTERNATIONAL SKI INSTRUCTOR Level IV

PARAGLIDING INSTRUCTOR

Nash's vivid passions for rock and ice climbing and alpine mountaineering brought him to various climbs around the world. His long-term goal is to climb all of the "Seven Summits" (the highest mountains on each continent). World's highest, Mt. Everest (8,848m) is scheduled for March 2001.

He has already summited European highest mountain Elbrus, Caucasus, Russia (5625m).

His other high climbs include:

1999. Mt. McKinley expedition (leader)

1997. Mt. Rainier, USA (4392m)

1997. Mt. McKinley expedition

1996. Summit of El Pico de Orizaba, by north face, Mexico (5611m)

1996. Mt. Athabasca and Stanley Peak, Canadian Rockies

1996. Summit of Iztaccihuatl , Mexico (5230m)

1996. Summit of La Malinche, Mexico (4462m)

1988. Summit of Pik Kimunizma, Pamir, USSR (7495m)

1987. Solo climb on "Palaviccini Couloir", 75o/5.6, Gr.Glockner, Austria (3900m)

1982. Summit of Mont Blanc, France (4810m)


A Truth in Media "Disclaimer:" The Truth in Media applauds and supports the noble and   charitable climbs of Nash Djordjevic. But the TiM is not competent to evaluate, and is in no way endorsing the (Canadian) tax-deductible qualifications of this humanitarian action. Prospective donors and/or supporters of Mr. Djordjevic from Canada should satisfy themselves about the tax-deductable status of their donations before making them.

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