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Find out why Anne left Raleigh to climb 16k feet in Kenya

Earlier this year, Anne found herself sitting in a small rural village in Africa, listening to a mother share the story of how she contemplated giving up on her newborn baby who was born 3 months premature, weighing less than 4 pounds. With no access to healthcare and no knowledge about how to properly care for a newborn baby in need, the Kenyan mother shared how she considered completely giving up.

Anne was in Kenya because of our partnership with Save the Children, a partnership that combines GSK’s scientific expertise and resources with Save the Children’s on-the-ground knowledge to change the lives of children both in the US and around the world.

A challenge to trek Mt. Kenya was shared across the company in 2016. The invitation piqued Anne’s interest and, although she had never trekked a mountain before, never even been to Africa, the purpose of Save the Children and our partnership spoke to her.

Less than one month after raising her hand to participate in the challenge, Anne joined a community of 39 other GSK employees from 24 countries around the world, representing widely different backgrounds, ethnicities, experiences, roles, and grade levels – all of whom were preparing to take on this life-changing experience as a team to raise money for Save the Children.

And on March 3rd at 6:15am at 16,355 feet, Anne reached the summit of Mt Kenya.

“It was a personal achievement not only for me, accomplishing something I never dreamed of doing, but also in following through to the many to whom I was accountable -- those who trained with me, donated, and supported me. What surfaced within the first 24 hours of my journey was my genuine pride in working for a company that invests in its people in this way and not only strives, but succeeds in making such a meaningful difference in the world.”

Following the Trek, the GSK team visited the small town of Bungoma to experience the programs that our employee donations are making possible – and it was there where Anne heard the story of the mother who didn’t give up on her baby because of the support that GSK and Save the Children provided.

In total, the team of 40 trekkers raised more than $350,000 from friends and family, which became $700,000 with the GSK match. This money not only supports areas that are in such desperate need, like Bungoma and surrounding communities, but also helps right here in the US.

In the US, the money raised will go to support US disaster relief so the Save the Children team can immediately deploy to our communities when disaster strikes.

Anne shared that GSK gave her the opportunity to be part of an incredible team whose work is helping people do more, feel better, and live longer.  For the rest of us at GSK, we are pretty grateful for Anne!

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