August 29th marks the 15th anniversary when John William Jackson (USA) and his climbing partner Shou Te Wang (Taiwan) lost their lives in a climbing accident in Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia).
John and Shou Te, two gifted young men, had much in common: born the same year (1976), completed their undergraduate university education and were passionate about climbing.
The John William Jackson Fund, in the Idaho Community Foundation, was established in John’s memory by friends and family. The Fund aims to capture the enthusiasm, passion, contemplation and enterprise that John exhibited in life. The mission of the Fund is to advance academic excellence, the performing arts and outdoor sporting. To date, the Fund has award grants in the amount of $700,000 for projects and programs benefiting youth.
We are pleased to announce that the Fund’s operating division, the Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership (iYERP) is recycling metal on Clif Bar’s new baking plant under construction in Twin Falls, Idaho. Clif Bar manufactures energy bars and other food products. Besides building a sustainable food system their footprint includes building a LEED certified plant. Clif Bar inspires the ADVENTURE in ALL of US.