Going hiking may sound like fun but climbing Mount Everest may send chills to one’s spine, even trying to do so using virtual reality technology.
On 26 November 2019 we had an opportunity to climb Mount Everest straight from the comfort of our own country and it’s all thanks to VR at The Canvas, Riversands. Our climb, guided by Saray Khumalo, the first Black African woman to summit Mt. Everest was fun and a bit scary since VR takes you on a real life experience. It made some of us wonder why would anyone want to do all of that, also, this made us respect Saray Khumalo more for achieving something that seems so impossible to do!
So when did Saray Khumalo summit Mount Everest? It all happened in May this year, and she is now setting out to break more records, aiming to be the first African to complete the Explorer Grand Slam, which involves reaching the North Pole, the South Pole and all of the seven highest peaks on the seven continents. Having already summited four of the seven peaks, she has three summits and two poles to reach, which she aims to complete by June 2020. There are only 67 people in the world who have completed this challenge to date. Talk about multiplying her momentum!
Her perseverance and dedication caught the attention of Momentum Multiply who on 26 November 2019 announced its partnership with Saray Khumalo as its official brand ambassador. Through Khumalo’s greater purpose to improve the lives of our younger generation, she emerged as a natural fit for Momentum Multiply.
CEO of Momentum Multiply, Zureida Ebrahim, said “with this new partnership, we also celebrate and support Saray, not only as a mountaineer but in all aspects of her life. The journey to success is paved with many challenges and Saray is testament that one does not reach the top alone – she not only climbed with a professional support team but also with the backing of 57 million South African.”
Khumalo highlighted the significance of this partnership. “Failure shapes success and ultimately shapes a person. Although it takes a lot of inner strength to conquer the challenges we face, it’s also important to draw on the strength of our support teams to overcome difficulties on our journeys. I’ve learnt that a quest such as this is impossible on my own, and I am excited to partner with Momentum Multiply.”