The 5th Annual Trek4Mandela Kilimanjaro Climb – in support of vulnerable girls – kicks-off on Wednesday 13 July 2016.
The expedition will see 42 business executives and celebrities from South Africa and abroad summit Mount Kilimanjaro on 18 July 2016. Nelson Mandela International Day celebrates Nelson Mandela’s legacy and his core values of Ubuntu, dignity, authentic leadership, freedom for self and others, and selfless service to humanity.
Led by South African adventurer Sibusiso Vilane, Trek4Mandela and Caring4Girls create awareness of the plight of poor girls from rural communities who experience disruptions in their schooling month due to their menstrual cycles. It further encourages dialogue on issues of puberty and adolescence with young girls and their parents or guardians.
Individuals can support the climbers by contributing to the fundraising efforts through sending a SMS with the word GIRLCHILD to 42513 to make a pledge of R30. More information can be found by visiting www.trek4mandela.com
Celebrating its 5th consecutive summit, the expedition aims to reach 350 000 disadvantaged girls by supporting them with much needed sanitary pads. It is estimated that an average poor girl can miss up to 50 days of school annually due to the lack of access to sanitary pads.
Trek4Mandela founder Richard Mabaso is an old hand at the journey to Uhuru Peak, with four previous summits under his belt.
He started the expedition in 2012 after he overheard a conversation between his niece and his mother on the challenges young girls have with menstruation.
To make a difference and take action to inspire change, he set up the Trek4Mandela challenge.
“And as custodian of the initiative, I have no choice but to take on the challenge for the next 20 years to come,” he chuckles. “But it is worth it because every time is a special, different experience.”
He said the experience is an important reminder that anything is surmountable and that daily challenges and pushing yourself are part and parcel of life.
Mabaso is overjoyed that his vision of the initiative “inspiring South Africa, Africa, and the world” is becoming a reality.
The official send-off event will take place at OR Tambo International Airport from 10:30 to 11:30 am and it will be joined by dignitaries from government, the business sector and climbers from, the Bahamas, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States