Lupe Fiasco shares the dream of SOTSK from the snow-covered peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro…
"It’s you versus yourself" - Lupe, on the climb
Justin Timberlake To Introduce ‘Summit On The Summit: Kilimanjaro’
Documentary airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on MTV.
By Eric Ditzian
Earlier this year, Jessica Biel, Emile Hirsch, Lupe Fiasco, Santigold and others banded together to climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness about the global clean-water crisis. Now Justin Timberlake has pitched in to support the effort.
The singer is set to provide a personal introduction to "Summit on the Summit: Kilimanjaro," the 90-minute documentary about the celebrities’ climb that will air on MTV on March 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Masterminded by Grammy-nominated musician Kenna, the team took a six-day, 50-mile trek to the peak of the tallest mountain in Africa.
"It was a combination of the mental and the psychological aspects of the mountain, of the slow-but-steady pace that you had to go up it, and that sometimes made your brain just want to explode, because you just wanted to get there so badly," Biel told MTV News Wednesday. “But then you’d get this rush of inspiration of ‘I’m not doing this for me. I’m doing this for something bigger than me, for people who don’t have a voice, for people that need water around the world,’ and then you’d power through.”
In addition to raising awareness about the clean-water crisis, the “Summit on the Summit” raises funds for P&G’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Water for People’s PlayPumps Technology. During the MTV broadcast, viewers will be able to text SEND to 90999 to donate $10 to the U.N. Foundation on behalf of “Summit on the Summit.” Each donation will send 1,000 liters of clean water to people in need.
"MTV has a long history of educating its audience to raise awareness on issues that are important to them," said Dave Sirulnick, Executive Vice President, News and Docs. "More than 1 billion people worldwide do not have access to safe, clean drinking water. By airing this documentary, MTV hopes to mobilize a new generation of young people who may not be aware of this global cause and take action to get involved in helping find solutions to the water crisis."
LUPE GETS IT DONE
On the train ride this morning from DC to NYC, Lupe Fiasco did a radio tour via cellphone promoting the MTV documentary.
You followed us for a reason. You believe that the water crisis is a solvable problem, is a critical issue, and that it is NOT okay that a child dies every 15 seconds from water borne illness. Your support has brought us to here…
This week our team’s starting the next part of the climb. We went straight to the UN Foundation in DC, prepared for a talk with Congress, ventured to Capitol Hill and asked hard questions.
We think there is an answer, a solution, and we believe we’re on our way there.
This Sunday (March 14th) on MTV at 9/8 central (http://www.mtv.com/shows/summit_on_the_summit/series.jhtml) we’re going to relive every step of the climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro.
We did something BIG to bring BIG attention - now we get to share it with you. Please tune in…and beyond that organize your own tweet up (@SOTSK) or viewing party and interact with us during the film. RSVP here: http://ow.ly/1giNe
We’re grateful for your support. We’re hopeful for a solution. And we’re inspired to get there with your help!
Over the coming days, I’ll post columns from the remaining climbers sharing why they joined SOTSK and what they took away. I’ll post about our guides, porters, and our process behind-the-scenes that captured and distributed photos, video and words from the mountain. And I’ll also post some more pictures and highlights that I didn’t have time to share during the climb. Once I’ve finished the recap, I’ll announce what’s next for this blog as we transition from creating awareness to creating action with all of your help!
The Collective Will of The SOTSK 45
Something special happened between January 7th, when 45 of us, mostly strangers, took our first steps on the trail and January 12th, when we set out on that same trail, in the middle of the night, to climb to the summit…
In those days between, the 45 of us became one. Unspoken, but felt by everyone…a desire for all of us to make it to the top. No one wanted to be the one who didn’t make it…but even more important, everyone wanted everyone else to make it.
We were climbing for all those without access to clean water, we were climbing for Kenna, we were climbing for ourselves, our friends and family, and we were climbing for all of you who followed us this week…
For some it was relatively easy, for others it was the most grueling physical experience of their lives. We plodded through cold, wind and snow and 7 hours after we set out for the summit, all 45 of us were united at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, 19,340 feet above Africa.
Kenna’s What If — a Summit on the Summit — became reality.
Had we been climbing as individuals, several of us might not have made it this time. Our guides were shocked, telling us they’d never seen a group as large as ours pull off 100% summit success on the route we climbed.
And as we stood on the summit sharing hugs and tears, we bore witness to the power of our collective will, having driven each other not just to a higher physical location but to a heightened state of mind.
We all have mountains to climb in our lives. You don’t have to climb yours alone. So rally your own team and see what happens when your climb’s fueled by the collective will of a group.
- Jay Lavender
The SOTSK 45
Dr. Greg Allgood
Eddie O’ Connor
We’ve said good by to Kili and are en route back to the United States. We will be posting recaps of the summit, climber thoughts and more pictures throughout the weekend…. so stay tuned!