My childhood dream is coming true. Thank you to my son, Kiernan, for this incredible 50th birthday gift. I am honoured to represent the AKA Foundation as an ambassador of the Trek4Mandela 2018 Centenary Executive Expedition in aid of Caring4Girls.
It’s not often that a grandmother wakes up one morning and decide to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. But then again, Lynn Forbes is no ordinary grandmother by a long shot.
Inspirational Speaker, Entrepreneur, mother to 2 boys including Hip Hop Artist AKA and grandmother to the soon to be 3-year-old Kairo, Lynn is putting her social influence to good use in her latest challenge to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in July.
As an ambassador of the 2018 Trek4Mandela Expedition, Lynn aims to raise R1million in aid of Caring4Girls; to assist them in reaching their goal of supporting 2 million economically disadvantaged school girls by 2020. She is committed to raising awareness for the initiative, in order to increase accessibility to sorely needed sanitary products together with hygiene education and to ensure the growth and development of young South African schoolgirls into women with dignity.
A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Lynn has always wanted to summit Kilimanjaro, the place above the clouds, where she escaped to during the time of her abuse as an 11-year-old. Her childhood dream to summit Mount Kilimanjaro resurfaced with the birth of her granddaughter Kairo Owethu Forbes in 2015. Three years in the planning, this triggered her final decision and commitment to summit Africa’s highest mountain, as part of her 50th birthday celebrations in July 2018.
ClimbingKili4Kairo has become her personal cause, Kairo being symbolic and representative of the plight of every child on the African continent through her involvement in the Caring4Girls initiative.
A teacher by profession, Lynn is passionate about making an impact through education, inspiring courage and giving hope to children. She is a black South African woman who feels compelled to personally make a positive contribution to address the social and economic circumstances faced by so many children in Africa.
Having faced the stigma surrounding sexual abuse, the silence that protects the perpetrator and the shame and denial which fuels the epidemic for over 38 years, Lynn has finally broken her silence last year and have spoken out against the abuse of children. She advocates our responsibility to raise children who will not spend their adult lives recovering from their childhoods.
The Trek4Mandela 2018 Centenary Expedition to Kilimanjaro has provided her with a platform to carry forward Madiba’s legacy, achieve her childhood dream and celebrate her 50th birthday, while raising funds and awareness for this worthy cause.
To find out more about Lynn’s journey or how to get involved or donate to the cause, simply follow her social media handles.
Twitter – @LynnForbesZA
Instagram – @LynnForbesZA
Facebook – Lynn Reed Forbes
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ABOUT THE 2018 TREK4MANDELA EXPEDITION
- 7th Annual Expedition
- Nelson Mandela Centenary Expedition
- Executive Expedition
- Scheduled to summit Kilimanjaro on 18 July (Madiba’s 100th birthday)
- Expedition Leader: Sibusisu Vilane, the first black African to conquer the 3 Poles Challenge (South Pole, North Pole and Mount Everest)
- 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. They aim to raise funds to procure 6,000,000 packets of sanitary pads.
Social Media: @trek4mandela
ABOUT THE CARING4GIRLS CAUSE
- A girl can miss up to 50 days per year of school due to menstrual challenges because of a lack of access to sanitary pads.
- A donation of R30 will supply 1 girl with sanitary pads and information on puberty and menstrual hygiene for one month.
- A donation of R360 will support one girl for 12 months.
- Caring4girls supports economically disadvantaged schools in all 9 provinces of South Africa.
Social Media: @caring4Girls