Tebogo Tsotetsi summited the highest peak in Africa to help raise funds for the treatment of her sons burn wounds. Molema has since been undergoing special laser treatment in Cape Town, but the costs are exorbitant.

In 2014, a faulty electrical socket caused a fire in Tsotetsi’s Soweto home, killing one of her sons and leaving the other, Molemo, with burns across half his five-year-old body.

Tsotetsi, with the aid of the Smile Foundation, put together a team to help raise funds for a laser machine for the Johnson & Johnson Burns Unit at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto to treat Molemo and other burn victims. The team has raised R1.8 million of their R2m goal and has a crowdfunding page to raise the remainder of the funds.

Some days were easy, and others were really difficult, where people just wanted to give up,” Tsotetsi said of the arduous trek. On the last day, that was me. I wanted to give up. The weather was unbearable at -20C. My backpack and my drinking water were both frozen.

 

When climbing, you have to drink between four and five litres a day – impossible when your water is one giant ice-block, so we were dehydrated. My body was stiff and so, so cold. Even my hair and eyebrows had frozen. But I made a promise to my son, and that kept me going.

 

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