As the Kilimanjaro dust of the 2018 Trek4Mandelaa centennial celebrations settle-off, the Imbumba Foundation has officially announced yet another exciting expedition in 2019 to trek up Mount Kilimanjaro, this time with Professor Thuli Madonsela. Themed “Climb for Dignity and Social Justice”, this expedition will aim to reach the rooftop of Africa on the 9th of August 2019 to commemorate Woman’s Day.
Making the announcement at her recent birthday party, Professor Madonsela said: “I have decided to step up
and show up by climbing Kilimanjaro. It is now not just about stretching myself, but 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….and for me Kilimanjaro is not in my comfort zone.”
This expedition will be the first of its kind for Trek4Mandela and proceeds will be used to further the objectives of the Caring4Girls programme, through the Foundation’s newly launched Trek100 initiative. Trek100 is a leadership development programme which aims to give 100 girls from Caring4Girls’ supported schools a once- in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience some of the world’s seven wonders on the seven continents. The first expedition was launched last year in September. Eight girls from disadvantaged backgrounds had the most amazing experience to hike North Africa’s highest: Atlas Mountains, after which they spent two days exploring
the Sahara, the largest hot desert and the third largest desert in the world after Antarctica and the Arctic.
Imbumba Foundation CEO, Richard Mabaso said: “Through this initiative we hope to inspire 1,000,000 teenagers in South Africa by year 2020. Each girl participating in a Trek100 journey will be assigned to visit 10 schools post their expedition, to share their experience with their peers.” There is a strong focus on empowerment and leadership as part of these epic adventures, with an international leadership development
company facilitating hands-on development and training.
Since inception in 2012, Trek4Mandela expedition has reached and touched the lives of more than 700,000 adolescent girls.
At a recent fundraising event in Houghton Johannesburg on 28 March, the LexisNexis Group, a corporation providing computer-assisted legal research as well as business research and risk management services, announced that they would be supporting the upcoming Woman’s Day expedition as headline sponsor. The Madonsela Executive Expedition is by invitation only and will not be replacing the annual Trek4Mandela
Mandela Day summit expedition in July.