My hiking journey started from the childhood days in the historic and beautiful Western mountain ranges of India. The combination of wilderness beauty and the thrill of adventure was too tempting to resist even when I was a kid. Coming to Seattle, a region fortified by the magnificent Cascade mountain range, graduated my interest from amateur hiking to serious mountaineering. What started as a childhood crush has now turned into a full blown love affair. What else the mountains offered – in my case a life partner. Last year, I climbed Mt. Baker with my then girlfriend, proposed her at the summit and we descended the mountain as happily engaged couple. Now married, we will be channeling our climbing passion for a great cause by taking on the mightiest and most enthralling beasts of all – the Mt. Rainier with a non profit Asha.
Asha is a non-profit voluntary organization. Asha’s mission is to catalyze socio-economic change in India through the education of under-privileged children. Asha has over 50 chapters in USA/Europe. You can get more details about the list of projects at http://ashanet.org/projects-list/?chapter=29&state&status=1&type.
How you can help
I have committed to raise minimum 1500$ for Asha on top of my own contributions. Please note that all my climbing related expenditures (climbing gears, guide fees, permits, travel) are self-funded. 100% of your donations will go to Asha and are tax exempted. No amount is a small amount. $20-$30 will fund one month of a child’s education and living expense in India.
Ways to donate:
– On this page by clicking ‘Donate’ button
– By cheque. Please make cheques payable to “Asha for Education”, with memo: “Team Asha Climb 2018 : Mayur Golatgaonkar”
– Microsoft employees can donate by selecting “Asha for Education, Seattle Chapter” on http://give page and adding a comment “Team Asha Climb 2018 : Mayur Golatgaonkar”.
– Employer Matching: If you donate using this page and your employer provides matching donations, please submit a match request to them too and let me know. All your Donations are Tax deductible.