Help sup­port our dig­nity mis­sion

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THE mea­sure of a na­tion is how it takes care of its most vul­ner­a­ble cit­i­zens. The mark of in­di­vid­u­als is how they go an ex­tra mile, at great per­sonal cost, to im­prove the lives of the less for­tu­nate.

On July 18, when South Africa and the world pauses to re­mem­ber Nel­son Man­dela, a group of spe­cial South Africans will em­bark on a spe­cial mis­sion.

The group, or­gan­ised by the Nel­son Man­dela and Im­bumba Foun­da­tions, will climb Kil­i­man­jaro to bring dig­nity to the thou­sands of in­di­gent girls through­out South Africa.

By brav­ing the treach­er­ous weather con­di­tions on Kil­i­man­jaro, which is 5 895m above sea level, this spe­cial group of South Africans will make sure that no school girl will miss a day of school be­cause of her men­strual cy­cle.

Each mem­ber is rais­ing funds which will go di­rectly to pur­chas­ing mil­lions of san­i­tary pads to be dis­trib­uted coun­try­wide.

The Man­dela and Im­bumba foun­da­tions have been lead­ing this mis­sion for years, with great suc­cess.

They, along with pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions such as In­de­pen­dent Me­dia, the own­ers of The Star, and Dis-Chem Foun­da­tion, have dis­trib­uted over 10 mil­lion pads na­tion­ally.

The lives of mil­lions of girls have been changed. They have their dig­nity back and their ap­pre­ci­a­tion is re­flected in their grate­ful smiles.

The 2017 Kil­i­man­jaro mis­sion is also ex­tra spe­cial. On this climb, South Africans will also pay trib­ute to Gugu Zulu, who died while on the same mis­sion last year.

Zulu paid the ul­ti­mate price so that the dig­nity of girls from poor back­grounds can be re­stored. For us at The Star and In­de­pen­dent Me­dia, this year’s mis­sion is the Gugu Zulu Kil­i­man­jaro Climb.

So we humbly ask you, our dear reader, to sup­port us in this no­ble mis­sion.

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