Entrepreneur, teacher, and 2018 #Trek4Mandela Expedition ambassador Lynn Forbes has taken on the challenge to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in July, not only as part of her 50th birthday celebration, but also in aid of Caring4Girls. She aims to raise R1 million towards their goal of supporting two million economically disadvantaged schoolgirls by 2020.

Best known as hip hop artist AKA‘s mom and Kairo’s ‘Glammy’, it comes as no surprise that Lynn’s childhood dream to summit the famous peak has been reignited by her nearly 3-year-old granddaughter Kairo Owethu Forbes, who we all adore.

Lynn Forbes to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in July


#ClimbingKili4Kairo has become Lynn’s personal cause, as she considers Kairo to be a symbol and representative of every child on the African continent. A survivor of childhood sexual abuse herself, 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. And now she will make that dream come true at age 50 after 38 years of being stifled by the stigma surrounding sexual abuse, the silence that protects the perpetrator and the shame and denial which fuel the epidemic in a country like South Africa.

Lynn broke her silence about her abuse in 2017 and used the opportunity to speak out against the abuse of children. The local rapper’s mom highlights our responsibility to raise children who will not spend their adult lives recovering from their childhoods. It’s thus fitting that the work she does is focused primarily on making an impact through education, inspiring courage and giving hope to children by raising funds for worthy causes such as the Trek4Mandela 2018 Centenary Expedition to Kilimanjaro.

We wish Kairo’s super-Glammy all the best as she prepares for this grand trek in July. To find out more about Lynn’s journey or how to get involved or donate to the cause, you can follow her on Twitter or Instagram.