10-year-old Charleston girl scales Mount Kilimanjaro

pandc_Helen Simons Berenyi

Publication: The Post and Courier
Date: Jan. 30, 2014


Less than a week before her 10th birthday, Helen Simons “HS” Berenyi celebrated in a truly monumental way: She hiked to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa with her mother. The climb was the first for nonprofit organization She Climbs, founded by Helen’s mother, Cokie Berenyi.


The mission of She Climbs is to build and strengthen the self-esteem of female individuals of all ages, one mountain climb at a time.


The team spent six days hiking the mountain, reaching the summit of 19,340 feet on Jan. 10. Helen is among the youngest females ever to reach the Mount Kilimanjaro summit. She and her mother were accompanied by friend Suzanne Peats of Ohio and her 11-year-old daughter, Alexis.



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