Thuli Madonsela and the Trek4Mandela team have successfully summited Kilimanjaro!
Johannesburg, South Africa – Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Sello Hatang and a group of others have safely and successfully summitted and made their way down Mount Kilimanjaro.
The group consisting of 17 climbers summited Africa’s highest peak on Friday, Women’s Day as part of the Trek4Mandela initiative.
“I have decided to step up and show up by climbing Kilimanjaro,” said Madonsela.
“It is not just about stretching myself, but also about highlighting that if we are going to bring an end to poverty and inequality in this country, and the world, each and every one of us has to step up and move beyond our comfort zones.
For me, Kilimanjaro is certainly not in my comfort zone.”
Trek4Mandela is an annual expedition to summit Africa’s highest peak on Mandela Day, 18 July.
The expedition was established by innovative social entrepreneur and humanitarian, Richard Mabaso and is led by renowned South African adventurer and motivational speaker, Sibusiso Vilane – the first black African to conquer the three Poles challenge: South Pole, North Pole and Mount Everest.
Trek4Mandela brings together inspired individuals from corporate and public backgrounds to assist in raising funds and creating awareness for the Caring4Girls programme. Research has revealed that girls from poor backgrounds could miss up to 50 days of school each year due to menstrual-related challenges. According to UNICEF, girls’ education and empowerment literally saves millions of lives. More educated women tend to be healthier, work and earn more income, have fewer children, and provide better health care and education to their children.
The 2019 expedition aims to raise enough funds to ensure that 1 million girl children will not miss a day of school and give much-needed accessibility to sanitary towels.