Meet Taryn, a South-African-born School for Life champion who loves brunches with friends, exploring wineries and fostering animals for Forever Friends Animal Rescue group.


She is an Executive Assistant for a large Not-for-Profit in the Specialist Education and Disability Services team and has been married to her husband Brad for 3 years. Brad also joined Taryn on the trek, and together they ticked off a bucket list item of Taryn’s.

“Kili has always been on my bucket list. Having grown up in Africa and being extremely passionate about Africa, I thought that it would be an amazing feeling to stand on the rooftop of Africa. I also loved the idea of doing something so challenging and proving to myself that I was capable of the challenge.”


Climbing to the rooftop of Africa and feeling accomplished in her own personal challenge however, was not quite enough for this philanthropic Melbournian. Taryn was waiting for the right opportunity to combine both a trip of a lifetime with her altruistic values and heart for Africa.


“After deciding to go for it and do the climb, we were searching for an ethical and sustainable organisation to do our climb with, when School for Life popped up on Facebook, and it matched our values and ideas on education and community development perfectly!

As soon as I read about the School for Life Kili Challenge I knew it was the perfect challenge for us. Being able to challenge ourselves and have the trip of a lifetime while fundraising for such an important cause was the perfect option. School for Life ticked all the boxes - ethical, sustainable, and empowering communities”.

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Asked if she had done anything like this before?

Never, but now I am hooked on hiking and can't wait to conquer my next mountain!!”

Thinking about conquering your own mountain? Why not tackle the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro with us in 2018? Limited spots are available. Find out more here