Mountain climbing expert Sibusiso Vilane will attempt to climb Mount Everest again this year - this time in honour of Gugu Zulu’s daughter, Lelethu Zulu, and all the young girls of South Africa deserving an education.
Gugu Zulu, affectionately known as the ‘Fastest Brother in Africa”, for his speed on the track as Volkswagen driver, had passed away during his climb on Kilimanjaro in 2016. A expedition which Sibusiso was leading. The team alongside Gugu Zulu was climbing to raise awareness about the plight of underprivileged girls who do not have access to hygienic sanitary towels. The Climb was under the Trek4Mandela and caring for Girls.
Taking on the responsibility of Zulu’s death, Vilane had made it his life’s mission to push as hard as he can in order to raise funds for “education for girls.”
“Education is the most fundamental tool the girls can use to dream different dreams and change their narrative”, says Vilane.
With resilience as his fuel, Vilane is tackling Mount Everest without additional oxygen support.
Vilane climbed the mountain in 2003 and 2005 respectively. This time, however, the vibrant extremist was inspired by the prospect of changing the lives of children, one young girl at a time.
In preparation, Sibusiso will be partaking in the most enduring run, on 10 March 2018.
The Kosmos 3-in-1 in Secunda tracked at 73 km, he will be running 42km in the morning at 6am, 21km at 1 pm and the remaining 10km at 5pm all on the same day. This will be gruelling yest Sibusiso is going to run strong to gauge his physical preparation for taking on Mount Everest.
His participation in the race is intentional; “I want to test my fitness and endurance prior to partaking in the Two Oceans marathon on the 31st Of March covering a distance of 56km”
Shortly after the marathon, Vilane will leave to Nepal where he will embark on his journey up towards the summit of Everest.
#ClimbingEverest4GirlsEducation is a campaign drive supported by the Sport for Social Change Network with Sibusiso at the heart of the initiative. One can only be inspired and moved to be a part of this philanthropic offering.
We call on all South Africans to rally behind this selfless offering and pledge towards ensuring an enlightened future for our girls.
How you can be a part of changing a girls life in South Africa:
As author and motivational speaker, Vilane remains true to his DNA where he strives constantly to create a world where people’s lives are impacted positively. One of the ways he is doing this, is to climb Everest to light a spark through driving the sponsorship campaign, raising funds to take girls to school. Let us all stand behind him so that we can become an active part of the change.
1. Subscribe to Vilane’s channel where you can follow behind the scenes of Vilane’s journey to the summit for R26 a month - where his subscription revenue will go towards #ClimbingEverest4GirlsEducatio
n. Download the Inzdr app from Google Store
or iTunes Store
(free download), then subscribe to Sibusiso Vilane’s channel.
2. Show up with your placards in support of Vilane during his 3 in 1 races.
* Saturday, 10 March 2018: Lake Umuzi, Waterfront, Secunda, Mpumalanga - starting from 6am.
* Saturday, 10 March 2018: Lake Umuzi, Waterfront, Secunda, Mpumalanga - next race from 1pm
* Saturday, 10 March 2018: Lake Umuzi, Waterfront, Secunda, Mpumalanga - last race from 5pm
3. Show up with your placards in support of Vilane at the Ultra Marathon , Two Oceans Marathon, 31 March 2018, Cape Town.
4. Show up with your placards in support of Vilane at the 2018 Comrade Marathon on 10 June along the Comrade marathon route all the way to the finish in Durban.
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