Commercial and celebrity photographer, Xavier Saer, has announced that he will join the Trek4Mandela Centenary Expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro this Thursday, 12 July 2018, as the official appointed photographer.
Xavier Saer’s appointment is highly fitting as he is an experienced adventure photographer and has experience climbing mountains such as in the Andes of Peru and the Himalayas.
Now in its 7th year, the 2018 Trek4Mandela will celebrate Nelson Mandela’s Centenary. The annual Trek4Mandela is an initiative that aims to raise enough funds to ensure that 500 000 South African schoolgirls will not miss a day of school as a result of menstrual challenges. The Trek is carried out in support of Caring4Girls, which assists schoolgirls by providing them with sanitary towels.
“Once I read what Caring4Girls were doing, I was sold on the idea. We are not just climbing for ourselves, we are raising awareness about a massive issue that occurs on a monthly basis across the world, especially here,” shares Xavier Saer.
Xavier Saer further adds: “You need more than a selfish goal to just summit to push you through. You need purpose and vision. And this is the reason why we climb. We get to change the world one step at a time.”
Xavier Saer will climb Mount Kilimanjaro with close friend, Lynn Forbes, who is climbing as part of her 50th birthday celebrations.
Previous people to support the Trek4Mandela initiative to raise funds and awareness by summitting Mount Kilimanjaro include the likes of TV presenter Leanne Mannas, TV and Media Personality Gerry Elsdon, Adventure Couple Letshego and the late Gugu Zulu, actor Jack Devnarain and TV personality Cecile Raubenheimer to name a few.
Xavier Saer’s announcement as the official appointed photographer for the Trek4Mandela Centenary Expedition comes off the back of the launch of his debut photography exhibition titled “Himba, Lords of the sand”. His Himba collection is now being exhibited at the Rand Club in Johannesburg until 31st July 2018.
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