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Saray's story

Saray's story

World-class mountaineer and adventurer Saray Khumalo is the first black African woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest and ski to the South Pole. Saray has demonstrated remarkable humility, determination, and endurance to overcome setbacks and break new ground to achieve the seemingly impossible. For her, the pursuit to end the suffering caused by malaria is no different.

This is a personal mission for me. I know what it is like to live with malaria. Young people deserve their chance to step into their potential, there is no reason why malaria should hold anyone back. This is a challenge we can beat in our lifetime.

Growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia, Saray lived with the daily challenges of malaria. She suffered from this disease many times as a child, however, her most vivid memory of malaria was when her younger sister was rushed to hospital with cerebral malaria- the most severe and often fatal complication of malaria infection.

Saray knows her sister’s fight against this deadly disease is one all too common across Africa. Malaria takes a child’s life every 2 minutes and prevents many children from attending school. Saray is determined that no more children and adults alike have their future taken by malaria - that all potential is unleashed, and dreams are achieved.

Saray is an ambassador for the malaria fight in Africa and is proud to be part of Zero Malaria's Draw The Line Against Malaria campaign. She is excited to be part of this movement, inspiring young people to eliminate malaria in the world, but more specifically on the continent of Africa.

You can join Saray now on her mission to end one of the world's oldest and deadliest diseases. Draw The Line Against Malaria today!