John Fain and Rick Rowan put their passion for rock climbing to good use – raising money for children. Contributed photo/Save the Children 2014.

John Fain and Rick Rowan put their passion for rock climbing to good use – raising money for children.

Reaching New Heights for Children

Jon Fain has been best friends with Rick Rowan since middle school in Monroe, CT. In April 2016, they turned their friendship into a partnership – pledging to climb Time Wave Zero, a 2100 ft. vertical route in Mexico, to raise money for Save the Children. Time Wave Zero is North America's longest sport climb.

Jon turned something he loves – rock climbing – into helping others. "I'm passionate about what Save the Children does, everyone around me is just as passionate. So, to be able to pursue one passion while contributing to another is really an amazing opportunity."

Jon and Rick's biggest challenge was the 5.12 pitch right at the end. “That's about as difficult a way to end a 2100 ft. climb as it gets," Jon said. It took them about 17 hours from start to finish, and they raised more than $5,000 for Save the Children. 

"Rick and I aren't professional climbers by any means. We are just two guys who enjoy climbing and wanted to do it for a cause,” Jon said. “You can be a regular person and make a run at something difficult in order to do some good.”

You don’t have to be a mountain climber to help children reach greater heights. From running marathons to eating birthday cake, you can turn your favorite activities into fun fundraisers.

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