Trek4Mandela climbers who are raising funds and awareness for Caring For Girls have successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
Letshego Zulu, who lost her rally driver husband Gugu on 18 July 2016 while trying to summit the mountain, is raising awareness about the Caring For Girls initiative, which aims to improve access to sanitary towels.
South African rally driver Gugu lost his life at the age of 38 on Kilimanjaro. In June, Zulu opened up about going back to to the mountain to pay tribute to her husband.
“I want to honour my husband and I’m going back in memory of him. I know it is what he would have wanted,” she said in an interview with Ruda Landman. She also spoke about the difficulties of losing her husband.
“I was on autopilot, but I am fully aware now of what is happening. I have had to prepare for this climb emotionally and it has been difficult. I still haven’t completely processed everything that has happened, but I am taking it one step at a time,” she said.
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Although it had been difficult to get hold of the climbers, the foundation said they were all safe. “They should be touching on the ground tomorrow and leaving Tanzania on 20 July,” said the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Luzuko Koti.