ROMP With ROMP—How To Get Involved With The Elite Climbing Team And In Your Own Backyard
The Range of Mobility Project challenges everyone across the globe to participate in one of the 25 climbs across the world, there’s one near you!
Press Release – Denver, CO (June 27, 2017)—The Range of Motion Project (ROMP) is thrilled to announce the participation of BBYO Passport, the leading provider of travel experiences for Jewish high school and middle school teens, and their aspirations to complete six climbs around the globe in honor of ROMP and their annual celebrity and influencer climb in Ecuador. Approximately 300 youth will use their mobility to help provide mobility opportunities for individuals globally by promoting on their social media channels including Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter!
This year, participants in BBYO Passport’s summer programs will have the opportunity to further their experience and education by climbing in awareness of a selfless cause. 2017 BBYO climbs (we need dates and specific locations) include:
Masada, Israel: July 10
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Rock of Gibraltar: July 5th Mt Vesuvius: July 23
Monserrat: June 30
Slovenian Mountains to Lake Bled Volcano atop Edinburgh
Participants in these summer programs are leading the charge by registering, sending it out to family and friends, and, most importantly climbing for a cause. Now, how can you get involved? Log onto (rompglobal.org/climbing-for-romp/) to discover climbs in your area, or to start your own. Even a stroll in your neighborhood brings insight and awareness to the cause. Share your story by using the hashtag #ClimbingforROMP.
ABOUT ROMP: ROMP is a technology-based, nonprofit organization, which provides high quality prosthetic care in underserved populations, thus enhancing mobility and unlocking human potential. ROMP believes that prosthetic limbs and orthotic braces are not simply medical devices, but instruments of personal empowerment. ROMP recognizes the dual hardships of living in poverty with a disability, and stand in solidarity with those who are made to suffer from an unequal distribution of care.
Since 2005, ROMP has seen over 6,000 patients with custom-made prosthetic and orthotic devices in Guatemala, Ecuador, Mexico, Haiti, Pakistan, and the US. The organization believes that training locals to provide ongoing services in their communities is the only way to fix a long-term problem. For example, the ROMP clinic in Guatemala is staffed by highly trained individuals from the community and is open to patients year-round. ROMP believes that all human beings are made to be mobile, regardless of geographic location or socioeconomic status, and that physical mobility is a critical component of social mobility and the pursuit of life’s many aspirations.
THIS YEAR’S CLIMB! This year’s celebrity and influencer climb is of Cayambe, Ecuador’s third highest mountain rising to almost 19,000 feet. On July 27th & 28th Americans and Ecuadorians, both amputees and able-bodied athletes, will attempt to summit Cayambe. Among the group’s climbers is Maryland’s 61st Governor, Martin O’Malley. The expedition is to bring awareness to the unequal distribution of prosthetic care around the world and is a symbol of the power of the human spirit and what can be achieved when given access to proper care. The Cayambe climb will be led by world record speed climber, Karl Egloff with Cumbre Tours.
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED? Volunteers throughout the world will host their own climbs in solidarity with the elite team in various locations. People of all backgrounds and all abilities will join in this global movement to raise awareness and funds for individuals who cannot afford or do not have access to prosthetic services. Please log onto the organization’s website (ROMPGlobal.org) and social media pages (Facebook.com/ROMPGlobal, Twitter.com/ROMPGlobal, and @ROMPGlobal) to view and sign up for local climbs. All climbs are being raised through Crowdrise, and the organization is still seeking sponsorships.
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