Alumna Eliza Shirazi ’13 leads Kilimanjaro climb fundraiser

Eliza Shirazi. Photo by Lindsay Hite Photography.

June 21, 2017

Public Health Sciences alumna Eliza Shirazi ’13 leads a team planning to climb Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro to benefit Flying Kites, a Boston-based nonprofit that runs a boarding school for underprivileged children in Kenya. Shirazi, creator of the popular, kickboxing-inspired class Kick It by Eliza, will lead a team comprised of fellow Kick It instructors, friends, and guides.

Shirazi, who has hosted numerous Kick It charity events benefitting a variety of charities and spreading Kick It’s message of female empowerment along the way, describes this trip as being more personal.

“Trekking to the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro will be the toughest physical, mental, and emotional task of my life,” she says. “For me, it's in those scary moments when you grow the most. I am ready for this growth and I am excited to inspire others to reach their limits and push their boundaries with a group of people who inspire me to do the same.”

Shirazi’s fundraising team will travel to Africa July 6-21, beginning with a week in Kenya to meet the children of Flying Kites. From there, the team will head to Tanzania to embark on a week-long trek to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro (the highest freestanding mountain in the world at 19,341′ altitude) to raise money and awareness for the students at Flying Kites.

Shirazi’s team has already raised nearly $17,800 for Flying Kites – 89% of their fundraising goal of $20,000 – with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the charity.

To learn more or donate to their fundraising campaign, click here.