If you think climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is tough, imagine summiting the mountain in a wheelchair. On 27 August 2015, Michaela ‘Chaeli’ Mycroft (20), an ability activist and co-founder of The Chaeli Campaign, will start a 7-day journey to become the first female quadriplegic to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
Chaeli will be climbing the tallest mountain on the African continent together with seven other climbers to raise awareness and funds for disabled children. The team is scheduled to summit Kilimanjaro on 3 September 2015.
Chaeli will also celebrate her 21st birthday on the mountain on 30 August. “I hope someone’s going to bring cake!” she said from The Chaeli Cottages – one of the benefactors of the fundraising climb.
“Chaeli, you’re an absolute inspiration. You’re always doing amazing things. Best of luck for your trip. You are awesome.” said Rob Vember, a South African comedian while Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape, South Africa commented, “You go Chaeli. Another horizon, another peak to reach.”
The public can follow Chaeli’s progress on Mount Kilimanjaro by visiting the DREAMWORK through TEAMWORK microsite. The website provides a visual fly-through of the climbers’ route to Mount Kilimanjaro’s summit, an interactive Google map which plots the climbers’ planned route up the mountain, together with photos, video and messages, profiles on each climber, with their specific role in the team, a timeline on how Chaeli and the team prepared for the climb and information on how you can make a donation to the Chaeli Campaign.