CDM host a send-off ceremony for Walter Rachidi to 2018 Trek4Mandela expedition.

CDM host a send-off ceremony for Walter Rachidi to 2018 Trek4Mandela expedition.

“This send-off ceremony represents a commitment we have made as a municipality to support sports in our district, our role and investment in sports is unparalleled and well documented and it goes beyond hosting sporting events and other activities that advance social cohesion and nation building agenda,” said Capricorn District Municipality’s Executive Mayor Cllr. John Mpe. Cllr Mpe was speaking during a send-off ceremony for Walter Rachidi. 

Rachidi from Mentz outside Polokwane, is one of the group that will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on 18 July 2018, as part of the Trek4Mandela initiative. Trek4Mandela is an annual expedition to summit Africa’s highest peak on Mandela Day, 18 July. In this year’s Trek4Mandela, two different groups will be taking part in the expedition, the one will be summiting on 18 July 2018, to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s birthday, and the other one will be summiting on 09 August 2018 to commemorate National Women’s Day. Now in its 7th year, the 2018 Trek will coincide with the celebration of Madiba’s 100th birthday (Trek100).

“I was always fascinated by my friend Sarrel Nong’s interest and passion for climbing mountains and this year, he invited me to be part of the Trek4Mandela summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. You can imagine the many thoughts that went through my mind at that time, because I have never done that before, so my mind started racing and I knew this was an absolute challenge,” said Walter Rachidi.

 The Trek4Mandela 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 2018 expedition aims to raise enough funds to ensure that 500,000 girl children will not miss a day of school and give much-needed accessibility to sanitary towels. The target of the 2018 Trek target to raise funds to procure 6,000,000 (60,000,000pads) packets of sanitary pads.

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