UCT students team together for historic Kilimanjaro summit

11 September 2015

UCT student Chaeli Mycroft became the first quadriplegic woman in the world to summit Kilimanjaro – and she could not have done it without the help of her good friend and fellow student Taylor Jackson, says the Chaeli Campaign.

Chaeli and Taylor became good friends when they shared a politics class in her first year at UCT. When Chaeli started planning to summit Africa's highest mountain two years ago, he immediately offered to help, bringing his friend Carel Verhoef on board as climb co-ordinator.

Said Zelda Mycroft, CEO of the Chaeli Campaign: "I know that Chaeli has received a lot of attention but the summit could not have happened without unsung heroes like Taylor. The teamwork involved on the part of the climbers and guides was phenomenal."

Taylor is also an executive member of the student society IkeyAbility which promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities.

SABC3 will screen a documentary on Chaeli's Kilimanjaro adventure on Fokus on Sunday 13 September from 19h00 to 19h30 on SABC 3.

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