Who We Are
Trek4TEF was founded by Kevin Padgett in 2011 as a means of introducing people with disabilities of all types to the outdoors, to create awareness about disability, and to support The Elisha Foundation (TEF) and their global work among the disabled.
The mission of The Elisha Foundation (TEF) is to transform the lives of people impacted by disability through providing needed spiritual and physical resources.
WHY WE DO THE TREKS
We trek to create awareness of the often severe needs of those impacted by disability and show the unique abilities of our disabled team members as they climb these mountain trails, just as they navigate the sometimes treacherous paths of their own disability. Trek4TEF also serves to make the work of The Elisha Foundation (TEF) known and supported. Each year Trek4TEF holds an annual fundraising event to raise funds for the critical work of TEF.
Our vision is to utilize our Respite, Retreat, and Reach programs to fulfill our Mission through empowering people, to engage the disabled in their communities, and to provide needed resources to those experiencing disability.
ELI MAKES HISTORY
Our first Trek4TEF fundraising adventure took place in March of 2013 and was a resounding success. Eli Reimer became the first American with Down Syndrome to reach Mt. Everest Base Camp, the second person with Down Syndrome ever, and the youngest to do so!
Eli’s adventure with a purpose inspired millions of people (broadcast by every major news source around the world), gave hope to the disabled community and brought tons of life changing funds and resources for TEF to use in reaching the disabled. Eli also inspired the outdoor community to continue doing likeminded events to get those with disabilities outdoors.
Eli and his Team’s accomplishment impacted the WORLD.
STORY FEATURED ON
Eli is at it again! With the encouragement of friends and family, Eli Reimer will set out to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa the highest mountain in that continent. Eli will be joined by 17 other adventurers, each with their own story to tell and each with a unique connection to disability. One of these Team members is Nate Davis. Nate is 22 years old, has special needs, and is a joy to those who are blessed to know him. Nate is excited to take on this adventure with Eli!
Nate and Eli will lead this Trek as much through their lives as through their footsteps on the trail. Their value and worth being displayed on the trail, will produce hope and inspiration.
Our Team has set out to raise $150,000 for The Elisha Foundation to fund their projects around the world. TEF operates on a chore value of radical generosity and does not charge those they serve for their services. TEF relies on the generosity and support of so many who are passionate about the work and impact of TEF.
If you would like to partner with one of our Team members through financially support you can click on the “Support” link in their profile. This will allow you to give via PayPal. NOTE: You can pay with a credit card, and you do NOT need a PayPal account to make donations via PayPal.
Track the Team
Please “bookmark” this page and check back each evening as our Team will be communicating their progress on the Trail via Instagram as they have connectivity. You will also be able to track them via the GPS tracker below. Enjoy!
Create awareness and have fun by planning your own local Trek with disabled people in your community. We will be hosting a couple of day hikes for people with disabilities in Bend, Oregon the summer of 2014. We would love to help you do the same in your town!
We'd love your support!
SUPPORT A TREKKER
If you would like to partner with one of our Team members through financially support, go to the Team section and you can click on the “Support” link in their profile. This will allow you to give via PayPal. NOTE: you do NOT need a PayPal account to make donations via PayPal.
OTHER GIVING OPTIONS
If you’d like to donate in a different way (check, stock, etc), please visit our Other Giving Options page for more detailed information.
If you’d like to give towards this cause in general (and not specifically towards a certain team member), please do so by clicking the following “Donate” button below.