An exceptional emerging leader well worth noting, is Maria Fustic, a 14-year-old, grade nine Fort McMurray student at École McTavish Junior High School.
Inspired by her father’s adventures in Africa, Maria decided, at age 13 to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. To train and acclimatize while in Alberta, she and her father followed a disciplined training schedule which involved a combination of climbing 36 flights of stairs and hiking to the top of the tallest mountains in Banff.
For many, the climb to Mount Kilimanjaro would have been enough of a goal; however, Maria decided the climb should support a worthwhile purpose, and chose to raise funds for the Africa Red Cross Malaria campaign – a disease that kills 3000 children a day.
Did she achieve her goal? Yes – and in the process realized that regardless of obstacles or fears, it’s possible to realize dreams a life lesson she shared at Fort McMurray’s TedX . The goal didn’t end at Mount Kilimanjaro though, she has set her sights on new fundraising heights for the Red Cross Africa Malaria campaign, to the tune of $19,340 – the height of Mount Kilimanjaro. It makes you wonder what’s in store for Maria at age 15?
Reaching The Summit, YouTube:
Maria Fustic at TEDxFortMcMurray