SOUTH AFRICA: 12 Year Old South African School Boy To Climb Kilimanjaro For His Community
A 12 year old South African schoolboy Keanan Greyson plans to start his teens on a high note, by summiting Mount Kilimanjaro's Uhuru peak on his 13th birthday on October 4.
But every step he takes will not be for bragging rights, but to thank his community, and to raise money for less fortunate children and families who live there.
"I am a privileged child at Laerskool [Primary School] Fairland and I want to help the people who are being assisted by Vriende van Fairland [VVF] [Friends of Fairland]."
All of the expenses for his party of six, which includes his 71-year-old grandfather Stef, will be paid for by themselves, meaning every cent he raises will go to the community organisation.
"They use the money to buy food parcels, clothes, stationery, medicines," he explained.
His proud granny Inamarie, who climbed 5 895 metres to the highest point in Africa with her husband 10 years ago, said they had always promised to take Keanan up Kili, as it is popularly known.
But it was Keanan who came up with the idea to use the trip to raise money for less fortunate families at his school who are enduring difficult private struggles as they try to educate their children.
"Keanan wanted to do something," said Inamarie.