Room to Read is thrilled to welcome Kara Richardson Whitely as our featured speaker for our Second Annual Breakthrough Breakfast to benefit the Room to Read Girls' Education Program. This virtual event will be held on Friday, October 9th to celebrate International Day of the Girl, held annually on October 11th. Details and ticketing information coming soon.


Kara will be sharing her story and her book Gorge: My Journey Up Mount Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds. Kara is a plus-size author, public speaker and adventurer.  Kara Richardson Whitely


Order Kara's book here


The inspiring memoir of a plus-size woman who summited Kilimanjaro while overcoming fat prejudice and her own demons--"I was moved and inspired by every page of this beautiful book" (Cheryl Strayed)


Kara Richardson Whitely was determined to reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. But she struggled with each step--with the grueling conditions on the steep mountainside, with the 300-pound weight of her own body, and with her food addiction, which came from a lifetime of reckoning with feelings of failure and shame. Deep in her personal gorge, Kara realized the only way out was up.

Kara will be interviewed by Deborah Munies, an Executive Coach for high achieving working moms and host of the podcast Let's Figure it Outwith Deborah Munies. Deborah interviewed New Jersey Chapter Leader Nicole Smith about her volunteer role with Room to Read earlier this year, listen here: Sheer Determination


Room to Read is a global non profit focused on literacy and gender equality in education in 16 countries. 2020 marks the 20th Anniversary of Room to Read. Room to Read has educated 20 MILLION children, distributed 20 MILLION books and helped 100,000 girls complete secondary school through life skills training, mentoring and material support.


The New Jersey Chapter joined the global chapter network of Room to Read in 2011 to friendraise and fundraise for Room to Read programs. Of the nearly 800 million illiterate people in the world, two thirds are women. We are fortunate to benefit from the birth lottery and an unparalleled education system in New Jersey and the Northeast. We are devoted and determined to give the lifelong gift of literacy to children and girls around the globe.


Education is the solution to the world's biggest problems - poverty, conflict, disease, intolerance, inequality and exploitation.


World Change Begins With Educated Children

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