Recently I participated in the Second Annual Climb for a Cause hosted by The Front Climbing Club in Salt Lake City, which is a benefit for the amazing grassroots organization Benefit El Salvador, whose mission is to “support established medical clinics in rural El Salvador as they strive to provide both adequate clinical care and health education to their communities.”
Benefit El Salvador - Melissa Lipani
This event raised over $1500 through a fun climbing festival featuring games like Cornhole (apparently a midwestern staple otherwise known as a bean bag toss), a prize drawing (otherwise known as a raffle) with tons of great raffle prizes, a “fun comp” with tons of new problems, a milk crate stack climbing contest, and a fun BBQ in the parking lot.
Benefit El Salvador also has an amazing international volunteer program, which has a competitive application process, and sends volunteers to El Salvador for three weeks to help in the local medical clinics.
Benefit El Salvador is led by a volunteer board of directors, many of whom are active in the local climbing community. You can learn more about them and help by visiting their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Benefitelsalvador/info and their website at http://www.benefitelsalvador.com/.