From 3 to 10 December 2016, 8 medical students from the University of the Witwatersrand will set out to summit the tallest free standing peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. This project, coordinated by the Wits Students’ Surgical Society, aims to raise both funds and awareness for Smile Foundation.

Smile Foundation is a non-profit organisation that helps children in need of reconstructive surgery. Smile Foundation assists children living with facial anomalies such as cleft lip and cleft palate, facial paralysis, ear and nose conditions, craniofacial abnormalities and burn wounds. They give these children Smiles.

The group of medical students will face the challenge of summiting Kilimanjaro in recognition of the daily challenge that children with facial abnormalities face. It is easy to take a smile for granted. Rise to the challenge of giving children the ability to smile by becoming a part of the project. For more information please email

Photos from our Kilimanjaro Launch and Send-Off and Events 2016