Climbing With Light - Orly's Kilimanjaro Summit


Hi, this is Orly.

My name means “my Light” in Hebrew. That’s how I see myself – I am light, and I am vision.

I'm a chef, mother and future businesswoman.
I am a motivational speaker, a champion athlete and a recovering opioid addict.
I am also blind.

Join me as I climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in September 2021.

Although I am physically blind, I have true vision. For the last six months, I have been part of the Mount Kilimanjaro Leadership Program by Mountains and Marathons. During this time, I have developed the mindset and learned the tools to become a powerful leader in the world.

I am taking on this challenge to inspire hope in others who are dealing with vision loss, blindness or other life challenges while overcoming adversity and conquering my own fears.

My own story of failure, addiction, and domestic abuse woven in with courage, resilience, and recovery have all culminated in this journey (for more about my story, see below). Now, I ask you to support me in the grand finale.

In September 2021, my leadership program will graduate with a Retreat in Tanzania where I will get to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

There is an incredible life we can all achieve with any adversity we face. Mount Kilimanjaro is the perfect platform for me to demonstrate that rising above any challenges is possible.

The total fundraising amount covers my participation in the  leadership program, the retreat in Tanzania including travel expenses and a documentary of my journey.

Your support enables me to take on the biggest adventure of my life so far, and inspire thousands of others to live a life of vision and inspiration.

It is our traumas that blind us, and our truth that lights the way.



For organisations, there are sponsorship opportunities to support my climb up Mount Kilimanjaro. When I reach the summit, I will proudly sit inhaling the sweet smell and the 360-degree view of true vision. It will be my greatest joy to plant a flag with your logo at a milestone along the way.

I will take your flag with me along my journey to the summit and take sponsor flags at every camp on the way to the top.

As a sponsor, you will also be featured in the documentary of the climb.

When I get back from Tanzania, you will receive the flag from the climb with your logo on it, a picture of myself standing beside your flag at your chosen elevation, as well as a letter of thanks from me, written in both Braille and print.

There are 5 sponsorship spots available, each representing a camp on the way to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Day 1: Machame Camp at 9,300ft  ||  Sponsorship US$930 (available)

Day 2: Shira Camp at 12,300ft  ||  Sponsorship US$1,230 (available)

Day 3: Barranco Camp at 12,800ft || Sponsorship US$1,280 (available)

Day 4: Karanga Valley at 13,000ft  ||  Sponsorship US$1,300 (available)

Day 5: Barafu Camp at 15,090ft || Sponsorship US$1,509 (available)

Day 6: SUMMIT at 19,343ft  ||  Sponsorship US$1,934 (available)

To secure your sponsorship spot, simply donate the respective amount and we will reach out to you for next steps!



I believe that climbing a mountain is a great metaphor for the journey of life. I myself had to learn the hard way that it’s the journey that matters most, not the destination. I struggled with opioid addiction and mental health challenges for many years. Most of the interventions didn’t cause a lasting relief, despite my will and determination. I didn’t know why I had so many set backs - until I started to incorporate proper nutrition, physical exercise and movement. Bit by bit, my body built up the strength, clarity and stamina to be fully engaged. Each day on this journey was a step towards my summit of health and wellbeing.

Taking this story to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro is my way of showing others around the world that they, too, can face their own mountains. It takes time, effort and a belief in ourselves to take control of our lives, but it’s always worth it.

I have been hearing the call to adventure for as long as I can remember. It was not my physical  limitation that kept me blind, but my upbringing and hardships. Blind people are 40% more likely to develop addictions and struggle with their mental health, and proper nutrition is key to thrive in life in every way. 

The summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is my next step in bringing my story to the world and inspiring people of all abilities to live a life of vision. 



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Orly Shamir 
Hollywood, FL
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