Whether its through donating a percentage of merch items or setting up donation pages, many celebrities have given to charity in the last year. But singer/songwriter Mike Posner decided to take things one step further and summit the world’s tallest mountain in the name of charity.
Posner has been on the journey for well over a month, and he’s just now made it to the top. His aim was to raise money for the Detroit Justice Center, an organization that works alongside communities to create economic opportunities, transform the justice system, and promote equitable and just cities, and he’s already nearing his $250,000 goal.
Taking to Twitter Tuesday morning, Posner announced he had successfully made it to Mount Everest’s summit. “This morning at 4:35 am, Dawa Chirring Sherpa, Jon Kedrowski, Dawa Dorje Sherpa and Mike Posner summited Mt Everest,” he announced. “That’s what I call a sunrise.”
This morning at 4:35 am, Dawa Chirring Sherpa, Jon Kedrowski, Dawa Dorje Sherpa and Mike Posner summited Mt Everest. That’s what I call a sunrise.
We are now back at camp 2 but not out of the woods until we descend to base camp tomorrow am. Please keep us in your prayers
— mikeposner (@MikePosner) June 1, 2021
Posner has been documenting his long journey on social media. He shared videos of him serenading at lodge camps with his acoustic guitar, talking to local Sherpa people, and being chased by mobs of adorable dogs.
Posner explained his inspiration for wanting to summit Mount Everest in his GoFundMe page‘s description. The singer said he was devastated by the loss of his father, who was a Detroit criminal defense attorney. After trekking across the US, the singer was motivated to climb the world’s tallest mountain:
“After my dad passed away, I felt stuck under the weight of my own life. In 2019, I walked across America in order to find out who I was when I wasn’t ‘Mike Posner, Grammy nominated singer-songwriter.’ The journey changed my life and when I crossed the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, I decided what I wanted to do next… Two weeks after I finished walking, I began training with my Coach Dr. Jon Kedrowski. While the Walk Across America was about myself, I want my climb to be about others. My father, rest his soul, was a criminal defense attorney in Detroit for 40 years before he died. That’s why I’ve decided to dedicate my climb to raising funds for the Detroit Justice Center – the only organization of its kind doing criminal justice reform work that would make my dad beam with joy – and it’s led by Black women. I couldn’t be more honored and humbled to support them. I need your help. Please donate whatever you feel called to do. If you aren’t in a position to donate, please post or share this link. I thank you. I love you. Keep Going.”