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Expedition for Opportunity to Benefit Hartford’s Camp Courant!

April 1, 2016 - April 13, 2016

Taking Advocacy to New Heights

Hartford Engineer and Entrepreneur Rohan Freeman Treks to North Pole to Raise Money for Children’s Non-profits

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Rohan Freeman, the President and Founder of Freeman Companies of Hartford, has already accomplished more than most people will in their lifetime. He emigrated from Jamaica to the U.S. where he built his own engineering company. He has climbed the seven highest peaks of the world. And he sits on the boards of several not-for-profits as he works tirelessly to ensure that children from all walks of life are afforded the same opportunities. On April 1st, he’ll combine his passion for advocacy and adventuring as he embarks on a journey to the top of the world—the North Pole.

Freeman’s excursion, or “Expedition for Opportunity,” as it’s been called serves a larger purpose than fulfilling his sense of adventure. During his trek, Freeman will be raising funds for three charities for which he is an active board member. Each organization’s mission is dedicated to serving families and socioeconomically disadvantaged children.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford, Hartford’s Camp Courant and The New Children’s Museum in West Hartford will be cheering on Freeman’s ascent. Money raised through Freeman’s GoFundMe page will be divided equally among the three organizations.

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“The mission of these organizations is to nurture and develop young people to achieve their highest potential,” says Freeman. “Doing whatever I can do to support this objective is very important to me. Also, this is a good way to bring awareness of the outdoors and environment to the kids in a way that is fun as well as educational.”

Freeman himself struggled financially as a young man. He was forced to leave college to take on multiple jobs to pay for his degree and eventually went on to graduate from UConn with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1995. After working for several of the area’s prominent design firms Freeman took a leave of absence in 2009 to climb Mount Everest. Shortly after his successful summit he founded Freeman Companies, LLC.  In the years since, this multi-disciplinary, Hartford-based land development, engineering design and construction services firm has thrived.

For eight days, Rohan Freeman will be trekking through the arctic cold on his quest to reach the North Pole. Facing an average temperature of -30°F and dangers such as thin ice and open waters, Freeman is looking forward to the adventure: “Everything before us is as it was centuries ago, when early explorers first ventured into this truly remote region…the feeling is one of isolation and exclusivity, as if we are the first to discover the North Pole.”

Those interested in donating and following Freeman’s “Expedition for Opportunity” are encouraged to visit his GoFundMe page: www.gofundme.com/Trek4Kids. The three not-for-profits and Freeman Companies will also be chronicling the adventures and their coordinating programming with the hashtag #Trek4Kids.

Freeman will be personally matching the first $1,000 raised, dollar-for-dollar. He will make a 10% match on donations $1,000 through $10,000. If the $10,000 goal is met before April 13th, Freeman has also volunteered to take a celebratory “polar plunge” into the water of the Arctic.

For more information about “Expedition for Opportunity” please contact Michael Knowles of Freeman Companies at (860) 604-5141 ext. 114 or mknowles@freemancos.com.

Details

Start:
April 1, 2016
End:
April 13, 2016
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Website:
https://www.gofundme.com/Trek4Kids

Organizer

Jessica Hinman
Phone:
860-241-3674
Email:
jhinman@campcourant.org