Celebs climb for a cause in Summit on the Summit, February 26 on Discovery World HD

With no managers, no assistants and no hair-and-makeup team – Jessica Biel, Emile Hirsh, Lupe Fiasco and others climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last January to raise awareness about the global clean-water crisis.

Joined by actress Isabelle Lucas, and musicians Santigold and Kenna – as well as a team of scientists, United Nations ambassadors and experienced mountain guides – SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT documents their once-in-a-lifetime expedition to Africa’s highest peak.

Premiering on Discovery World HD on Saturday, February 26 at 8 p.m. ET/ 9 p.m. PT, this two-hour special follows the group as they brave freezing temperatures, dizzying heights, exhausting delirium and crippling altitude at over 5800 metres.

The SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT expedition was conceived by singer and producer Kenna, whose father suffered from waterborne diseases as a child in Ethiopia and for whom the climb was dedicated. Of his celebrity climbers, Kenna said “we’re representing people who can’t represent themselves,” adding “On top of this whole magnificent thing, it’s personal for me because I could have been one of those kids.”

Actress Jessica Biel was quick to join the climb, “[Kenna] told me his story and I was just inspired by him. And I called him and asked him if I could go.”  

Although immediately wondering what she got herself into after the first night on the mountain, Biel and the others persevered to complete the climb. Emile Hirsh had high-energy throughout most of the climb and called the experience “humbling.” Of the daunting task Lupe Fiasco said, “We’re risking our lives to save some lives. It’s surreal.”

Their efforts help bring attention to the more than a billion people across the globe who don’t have access to clean water. The solution to this life-threatening crisis is surprisingly simple. “The amazing thing about the global clean-water crisis is that we don’t need a vaccine, we don’t even need new technology,” said UN humanitarian Elizabeth Gore who participated in the climb, “We have the ability to solve this crisis. We just need support.”

Viewers can trace the climb online through a highly interactive website and social media accounts. Blog posts, videos and tweets gave daily updates of the trek. Donations are still being accepted through the website – where a dollar can provide 1,000 litres of clean water to those who need it. To learn more visit http://www.summitonthesummit.com/

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