Taking Flight in Malawi, Africa with the Cloudbase Foundation
I had my first paragliding experience last fall and it was hands down one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done. Ever since, I’ve been dreaming of geting back out there on a glider and I’ve been telling everyone I know to do it at least once in their lives. Hanging in the sky and floating on an air stream is simply an incredible feeling that can’t be described in words. But it’s more than just a feeling.
The paragliding world is made up of a tight-knit and supportive community passionate about creating positive change in the world. Whether that is enjoying a motor-less way to fly to educating students to follow their dreams, paragliding athletes and entrepreneurs are doing incredible things to leave this world a better place than they found it.
This morning, I was sent an incredible story about Nick Greece & the Cloudbase Foundation, both committed to supporting and giving back to the communities where they fly. Watch and share their story about using passion to make a positive impact on our world.
Supporting Paragliding in Malawi, AfricaKEEN Ambassador Nick Greece is all about combining work with having the time of your life. That’s why it’s no surprise that what started out as a paragliding trip to Malawi became a call to action for Nick and some fellow members of the Cloudbase Foundation, a non-profit organization made up of paraglider and hang-glider pilots who are committed to giving back to the communities where they fly. Nick saw the beauty that is Malawi’s landscape first hand, and he knows from experience that areas with such picturesque terrain often make the best spots for adventure tourism. The only problem was that there wasn’t anyone in Malawi to pilot the tandem paragliders that could attract travelers to the area. Two years later, that is no longer the case. This year Nick and his team will be training the first Malawian pilots from the surrounding community in the art of tandem flying. These Malawian pilots will then be able to provide income that will not only support their families, but also sustain local economies. Thanks to Nick’s trip two years ago, Malawi isn’t just getting back on its feet, it’s learning to fly.
You can learn more about the Cloudbase Foundation and Keen’s “Follow Your Feet” campaign here.