Fairview’s Col. Donald Fallin begins climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Col. Fallin’s first glimpse of Mt. Kilimanjaro on Friday, Jan. 8. (Photo courtesy of Don Fallin)

TANZANIA – Army veteran and Fairview High School alumnus Col. Don Fallin and a team of fellow vets representing the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund (JMSF) began their ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro on Saturday, seeking to raise awareness and money for the fund, which honors military service and sacrifice by providing scholarships to veterans and military family members, especially to children of our nation’s fallen or disabled. The climb is expected to take a little over a week.

About Johnny Mac

The Johnny Mac website explains: Giving Back Through Education: The Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund honors military service and sacrifice by providing scholarships to veterans and military family members, particularly children of our nation’s fallen and disabled. Time and again, our soldiers and their families are asked to give of themselves for the rest of us. While they ask little in return, we owe them so much. Through education, we give back to those who gave. We give back to “Our Own.” It’s the least we can do. You can visit the Johnny Mac site at www.johnnymac.org.  

JMSF set up the fundraising campaign page Team Johnny Mac Summits Kilimanjaro for supporters to make tax-deductible donations. As of Saturday, donations have already topped $34,000.

Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; donations are tax-deductible. All funds go directly to the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund and a receipt is sent via email.

Visit www.johnnymac.org for more information.

Fallin, who lived near his last pre-retirement post in North Carolina, will be moving back home to the Cullman area after his return from Africa.

Between 2018 and early 2019, Fallin raised more than $17,600 for the fund with a months-long solo hike of the nearly 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail.

Check back with The Tribune this coming week for updates on the Johnny Mac team’s progress.

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