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#Trek4Mandela up Kilimanjaro

East London’s Lee-Ann King and the #Trek4Mandela team have arrived safely at 'Kilimanjaro Wonders’ in Tanzania and will began their climb yesterday (Monday). There are due to start their summit on Thursday night and then summit Mount Kilimanjaro on Women’s Day, Friday 9th August.

King was among those given a ‘heroes’ send-off alongside Professor Thuli Madonsela on Sunday as they headed for the Thuli Madonsela Women’s Day Executive Climb for Dignity and Social Justice up Mount Kilimanjaro.

This group of 25 intrepid adventurers is the second of two Trek4Mandela summit groups this year and is scheduled to reach the top of Africa’s highest peak on Women’s Day.

This is the first year in which there are two summit groups and the first expedition summited successfully on Mandela Day, 18 July. Legal technology company LexisNexis South Africa is the headline sponsor of the second expedition and sponsored the kit and gear of the climbers.

Their aim is to raise funds and create awareness for the Caring4Girls menstrual hygiene programme, which this year is striving to ensure one million underprivileged girls will receive sanitary towels and menstrual hygiene support. Research shows these girls can miss up to 50 days of school per year due to lack of access to adequate feminine hygiene products.

Lee-Ann King is National Deployment Manager at LexisNexis South Africa. She was born in King William’s Town and attended school there, but currently lives in East London. As a mother of three girls, the Trek4Mandela cause resonates deeply with her and she believes that this initiative is an opportunity to restore dignity in young South African women.

She recently spearheaded LexisNexis East London’s walkathon at Nahoon Beach on Mandela Day to raise awareness for the Trek4Mandela and Caring4Girls initiative. LexisNexis also encouraged its employees nationwide to donate packs of sanitary pads that will be donated to Lumko High School in East London.

The company managed to collect 1125 packs nationally and the goal is to collect 2500 packs so that each of the 599 girls at Lumko High School receives at least 4 packs of pads.

Taking on the climb alongside Madonsela and King are several renowned personalities, entrepreneurs and representatives of several corporates.

The participants have been hard at work in their personal capacity raising funds and spearheading various programmes in support of the overall goal. Caring4Girls and Trek4Mandela were founded by Richard Mabaso who rallies together a phenomenal group of individuals annually for this noble cause.

In 2016, there were an estimated 2.6 million girls aged 9 to 20 in South Africa, and many of them miss weeks of school during their menstrual cycle because they cannot afford proper sanitary protection – a situation Caring4Girls hopes to change.

For more information visit www.trek4mandela.com

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