However you found yourself on my page, I truly thank you for taking the time to explore with me and learn more about Project 43324.
My name is Mark Guido and I’m 26 years old. I’m from the greater Chicago area, where steel mountains reign supreme and snowy peaks are left to my imagination.
I’m currently waiting tables at The Cheesecake Factory, an industry that attracts some of the most dynamic individuals because it gives you the flexibility to cultivate your passions. It helps give you the extra time to find out who you really are and the support to become who you were always meant to be!
Project 43324 links my climb of the highest mountain peaks of each of the seven continents with supporting youth development for children in need around the world. The number 43324 represents the accumulated elevation of each peak in meters, and the financial goal looking to be met.
For some people, the thrill of the climb is the sole motivator, but I’m one of those people that needs to take in the scenery and enjoy the moment. On my various climbs, I’ve realized that the children of the areas I’ve visited did not have the resources for a decent education. I’m the son of a teacher, so I’m instantly aware that if something could be done for these kids, it should be done. I was quick to partner with different groups that support the local children and in doing so my project has helped the lives of many. Before each climb, I have the children sign a special flag unique to each location that I will take to the summit. This is what keeps me motivated. I’m no longer climbing for myself, I’m climbing with and for all these kids to show them that anything is possible.
So far, I’ve completed 2 of 7 summits while helping raise over $7,000 for youth development around the world. I’ve successfully summited the highest mountain in Africa and South America. In Tanzania, $1,000 has been donated to support Stella Maris English Medium Primary School and in Argentina, $4,900 went to Quinta Betel – a remote children’s home in Mendoza. Those funds provided life-changing educational resources meant to further the development of youth who need it most.
Project 43324 is currently teamed up with SOS Children’s Villages – USA for the remaining 5 climbs. SOS helps provide loving homes, education and medical care for children in more than 135 countries.
The 5 SOS Village locations that are being brought to attention via my project are the following:
- SOS Children’s Village Moscow, Russia
- SOS Children’s Village Jorpati, Nepal
- SOS Children’s Village Sanothimi, Nepal
- SOS Children’s Village Tabanan, Indonesia
- SOS Children’s Village Chicago, Illinois
This July 2019, I will climb Mount Elbrus – the highest mountain in Europe and a climb dedicated to SOS Children’s Village Moscow. Over $1,000 has been raised for this cause. SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education) in Glen Ellyn has also allowed me to fill my climbing duffel bag to the brim with school supplies which I will personally bring with me to Russia!
I welcome you to follow me and my mission and hope you will consider supporting these local groups that help children every day!