A positive mind can take you high

2015-09-01 06:00
Chaeli Mycroft, in the wheelchair, is currently in Tanzania in an attempt to be the first quadriplegic to summit Mount Kilimanjaro.

Chaeli Mycroft, in the wheelchair, is currently in Tanzania in an attempt to be the first quadriplegic to summit Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Quadriplegic Chaeli Mycroft (21) from Plumstead says a lot is possible when people work together and they focus on strengths not weaknesses.

She believes for people to achieve greatness they must learn to surround themselves with positive people who believe in their abilities.

“We all need people who can support you whenever you need it,” she says.

With support, she hopes to soon be the first quadriplegic to reach the highest peak in Africa.

Mycroft has cerebral palsy, a disorder of voluntary movement and coordination due to injury to or poor development of the growing brain which may occur during pregnancy, during the birth process, or immediately after birth.

It is the most common physical disability. Globally over 17 million people live with cerebral palsy. In South Africa one in every 400 babies is diagnosed with it.

A team of seven people, called the Chaeli Kili climbers, started on an endeavour last week to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise awareness and funds. Mycroft will be helped up the mountain on her wheelchair and if everything goes well they hope to summit by Thursday.

Mycroft is a third-year student at the University of Cape Town in Social Sciences, majoring in Politics and Social Development.

To raise awareness and to show that nothing is impossible, she decided to hike Mount Kilimanjaro. Before she left for Tanzania she said she was excited about it.

“I’m just a little bit nervous about forgetting something important, but I have complete confidence in my team members and our ability to reach the summit. We have planned and prepared as much as we can and now just have to make things happen on the mountain. Anything that happens, good or bad, is part of the journey,” she said.

The whole idea came about when she was convinced to actually go for it by a supporter.

“Team member Adam Schafer approached the Chaeli Campaign because he wanted to climb Kilimanjaro for a cause and this made it more of a possibility for me to do it. We then started planning more seriously and got everything going and now we got ready to take on the challenge,” she said.

Quadriplegic Chaeli Mycroft (21) from Plumstead says a lot is possible when people work together and they focus on strengths not weaknesses.

She believes for people to achieve greatness they must learn to surround themselves with positive people who believe in their abilities.

“We all need people who can support you whenever you need it,” she says.

With support, she hopes to soon be the first quadriplegic to reach the highest peak in Africa.

Mycroft has cerebral palsy, a disorder of voluntary movement and coordination due to injury to or poor development of the growing brain which may occur during pregnancy, during the birth process, or immediately after birth.

It is the most common physical disability. Globally over 17 million people live with cerebral palsy. In South Africa one in every 400 babies is diagnosed with it.

A team of seven people, called the Chaeli Kili climbers, started on an endeavour last week to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise awareness and funds. Mycroft will be helped up the mountain in her wheelchair. They hope to summit by Thursday.

Mycroft is a third-year student at the University of Cape Town in Social Sciences, majoring in Politics and Social Development.

To raise awareness and to show that nothing is impossible, she decided to hike Mount Kilimanjaro. Before she left for Tanzania she said she was excited about it.

“I’m just a little bit nervous about forgetting something important, but I have complete confidence in my team members and our ability to reach the summit. We have planned and prepared as much as we can and now just have to make things happen on the mountain. Anything that happens, good or bad, is part of the journey,” she said.

The whole idea came about when she was convinced to actually go for it by a supporter.

“Team member Adam Schafer approached the Chaeli Campaign because he wanted to climb Kilimanjaro for a cause and this made it more of a possibility for me to do it. We then started planning more seriously and got everything going and now we got ready to take on the challenge,” she said.


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