Press Release Communiqué

Mission Accomplished November 10th 2007

The Zerfchallenge 2020 team started their mission with a blessing at St Ansgars Lutheran church by the Reverend Samuel King Kabu on September 16th 2007. 

Wendy Kunin, Jane Jordan and Wilhelmina Fredericks set out on our mission to scale Mount Kilimanjaro, venture on a walking safari and deliver a rapid testing kit for HIV and Aids to 500 children, in the clinics, orphanage and a school in Moshi, Kilimanjaro. The medicine delivered to St Joseph Hospital clinic was provided by local drug stores: Uniprix (Monkland), Pharmaprix (Sherbrooke Street West) and Health Partners international of Canada. The educational supplies delivered were provided by students of a Westmount school and the soccer balls by the Kenya Association of Quebec

The children of Kilimanjaro and Zerf says thank "Merci" / "Asanta Sanata" to the Montrealers whom participated in our journey by contributions. You are the true heros of the children of Kilimanjaro. We returned home safely after we accomplished an exhilarant, exciting and satisfying mission to Africa.

Scaling Mount Kilimanjaro and Safari

Wendy Kunin and her guide successfully reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro October 2nd at 6:45 am. It had been quite a challenge!!  Afterwards, the three of them ventured on a Safari, escorted by Kneena, Ndesamburo, a family member of the owner of the Keys Hotel. The Safari to Ongorogoro National Park and others was an amazing, educational and breath-takingly beautiful experience. To be on the brim of a 800,000 year volcano and drop 3,750 feet to the crater, was a challenge and to see all different kind of animals drink out of one water hole, was an amazing site. The only villain was the Lion waiting for his lunch.

Sponsored by Kenya Airlines , we left on September 22nd by Air Canada to Paris. Air Canada, unfortunately, did not understand the humanitarian nature of our missions and made us pay for the extra weight of the medicine for the children infected and affected with HIV and AIDS in Africa. God provided us with an angel to organize us at the airport Dr. Njuki Muriethi, president of Kenyan Association of Quebec. He paid to have our packages wrapped and to take the extra luggage. Kenya Airlines in Paris was sensitive to our journey, they treated us with respect, warmth and courtesy. We arrived in Kilimanjaro International Airport two days later September 24th, where we were warmly welcomed by the Keys hotel family and by Dr. Urbani Lyimo (head doctor) and sister Frieda Kessy ( Matron )of St. Joseph hospital, Moshi Kilimanjaro.

Rapid Testing

We tested the children and instructed the health care workers in applying the test at St Joseph Hospital, Upendo Orphanage, and Soweto Primary School (A SUBURB OF MOSHI- (NOT THE SOWETO IN SOUTH AFRICA) education material, provided by Mila Broomberg of Westmount, delivered 6 soccer balls, provided by Kenyan Association o f Quebec. As well as T-Shits and clothing, provided by Proudly Canadian Clothing- (Domenic Ciarallo)

Zerf International Tanzania: We applied to establish Zerf International Tanzania with the local NGOs in Kilimanjaro, citing the Keys hotel as hosts to Zerf Productions Members

Worcester South Africa

In Worcester, I took the opportunity to visit the grave of my uncle, Adam de la Zerf who would have celebrated his 100 birthday on October 28, had he not passed away five years ago. Our organization Zerf is named after him because he was such an inspiration to me. He would have been proud of Zerf productions Canada, because of our accomplishments in South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, the Congo over the past twenty years.

Mission Accomplished: Will you make a commitment and be part of our journey in Africa?

Wilhelmina Fredericks (514) 486-0924