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Trek4Mandela is an annual expedition to summit Africa’s highest peak on Mandela Day, 18 July. The 2020 Expedition has been postponed due to COVID-19 and will be held in 2021
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 Treks have continued to celebrate Madiba’s Centenary Year with two successful summit groups.
2019 Summit days:
18th July to celebrate Mandela Day.
09 August LexisNexis Thuli Madonsela Executive Climb, themed “Climb for Dignity & Social Justice”, to commemorate Women’s Day.
In celebration of the success of the past Trek4Mandela Expeditions, the Imbumba Foundation in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, is proud to announce a bespoke 3-year series of Trek4Mandela campaigns:
2021: The Rainbow Nation Climb, themed Unity in Diversity;
2022: Two Expeditions: The Africa Day CEO’s Challenge and the Annual Mandela Day Expedition;
2023: 10th Year Anniversary Expedition
Unfortunately the 2020 Expedition had to be moved forward to 2021 due to the outbreak of the Corona Virus pandemic.
“It is not our diversity which divides us; it is not our ethnicity, or religion or culture that divides us. Since we have achieved our freedom, there can only be one division amongst us: between those who cherish democracy and those who do not.” Nelson Mandela
UNITY IN DIVERSITY and building a RAINBOW NATION were some of Nelson Mandela’s key visions for the new South Africa, post-apartheid era. In recognition of these beautiful concepts, the Imbumba Foundation, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will be hosting an exciting, new version of our usual Trek4Mandela Kilimanjaro expeditions in 2021, which will be the first of its kind.
Our goal is to provide monthly menstrual support and effective hygiene and health education, to ensure the development and growth of thousands of young South African and African women. Our ultimate goal is to reach two million girls by 2020. Individuals can support the climbers by sending an SMS with the name “GIRLCHILD” to 42513 to make a pledge of R30.