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Mark Guido

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Mark Guido

Alumnus Climbing Highest Peaks on All Seven Continents for Charity

Mark Guido’s advice to students - Use your education not only to better yourself, but also to better others. The 2013 College of DuPage graphic design graduate has taken his own advice to heart and, in what he has named Project 43324, is currently in the midst of climbing the highest peaks on each of the seven continents to support development for children in need.

The number 43324 represents the accumulated elevation of each peak in meters along with the financial goal he would like to meet to raise funds for seven domestic and international organizations. To date, Guido has successfully summited the tallest mountains in Africa (Mt. Kilimanjaro - 5,895 meters) and South America (Aconcagua - 6,962 meters). In doing so, he has raised close to $6,000 divided between two organizations: Stella Maris English Medium Primary in Tanzania and Quinta Betel at the base of the Andes.

This summer, Guido will leave the Chicago area to climb Mount Elbrus, the tallest mountain in Europe, which he is dedicating to SOS Children's Village Moscow, Russia. For the remaining climbs, he will be climbing Mount Everest (Asia), Denali (North America), Vinson Massif (Antarctica) and Carstensz Pyramid (Oceania).

Guido, whose degree in graphic design helped him design Project 43324’s logo and website, said, “Step outside of your comfort zone. Create meaningful experiences by helping others who need it most.”

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