Nelson Mandela Foundation

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Richard Mabaso (L) and Sibusiso Vilane (R) conquer the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro

An expedition like no other that celebrates the living legacy of Madiba. An executive climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro inspired by Madiba’s core values: ubuntu, dignity, authentic leadership, freedom for self and others and selfless service to humanity.

Join 27 executives in taking up the challenge to climb and summit Mount Kilimanjaro for Mandela Day. Through this climb, participants and their companies or organisations will support a total of 270 000 impoverished girls from rural and poor schools with sanitary towels to keep them in school.

The climb, lead by leading South African adventurer Sibusiso Vilane, celebrates Madiba’s legacy through the support of the education of South African girl children who cannot afford sanitary towels and who therefore end up missing school days as a result.

Watch a video about last year's Trek4Mandela Day event

The 2014 Trek4Mandela Crew successfully summited Kilimanjaro on 18 July 2014, Mandela Day. 

Click to view the gallery of the crew on top of the highest peak in Africa 

Background to the Trek4Mandela Day project

The expedition was established in 2012 when Richard Mabaso (concept innovator), chief Executive Officer of the Imbumba Foundation, overheard a fearful conversation between his mom and niece on puberty. Action thereafter: Richard invited his friend: Sibusiso Vilane (first black person in the world to conquer the 3 Poles challenge – South Pole, North Pole and Mount Everest twice) to lead him on his first ever expedition to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

The objective of the climb was to achieve the following:

  • Create awareness on the challenges facing impoverished girls from rural and poor schools during their monthly cycles

  • Raise funds to purchase sanitary towels to keep needy girls in school

  • Educate people about Mandela Day and the need to take action beyond the 18th of July thereby helping to make every day a Mandela Day.

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Last year's 2014 expedition saw the crew summit Mt Kilimanjaro on 18 July 2014

Research has revealed that most impoverished girls miss up to 50 days of school annually due to menstrual hygiene related challenges. Some of the girls end up using unhygienic material such as cloths, newspapers, grass and plastics as alternatives which can be harmful to their health.

This gave birth to the Caring4Girls initiative through Trek4Mandela.

Through the Puberty and Adolescence Demystified (PAD) campaign they support needy girls with sanitary pads, educate them about their body/ or hormonal changes and other related subjects essential for them as they embark on this exciting journey of womanhood.

Over the past 3 years, the Trek4Mandela project has attracted massive interest from government, private sector and NGOs locally and internationally and generated support for over 50 000 beneficiaries mainly from the Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng provinces.

Do you want to take part in this year's Executive climb? 

Download the brochure below for costs and benefit details.