PICS| Riky Rick Mt Everest Memorial
Riky Rick’s mother Louisa Zonda has honoured her son with a special memorial at Mt Everest base camp.
Following Riky Rick’s tragic death, his mother embarked on a journey to Mt Everest and paid tribute to him upon the mountain summit.
Louisa Zondo trekked to Mount Everest with Riky Rick’s aunt Xoliswa Kakana while reminiscing about his life. Louisa documented her trek on social media, with posts written addressed to her son.
After 10 days, she finally managed to reach Mt Everest Base Camp and to mark her momentous achievement, Louisa gave her followers a glimpse of the intimate tribute she did for Riky Rick.
In her Facebook post, as she paid tribute to her son, she penned a heartfelt message. She wrote;
We finally reached Mount Everest Base Camp on our Day 10 of the trek. Aunt Xoli and I were exhilarated! Among other things, I was caught up in the realisation that at that moment I was standing 5364m above sea level, at this place that I had hoped to get to since 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic intervened. The concrete immediacy of each moment’s walking, challenges and lessons had the effect of disaggregating the trek quite significantly, however arrival at Base Camp brought everything together. In this expansive state, MaRiky, I laid out something of a memorial for you at the Base Camp rock.
She revealed that as she laid out a memorial for Riky Rick at Mt Everest, she used a few memorabilia that his wife Bianca and children had sent her off with.
“Your beloved wife, Bianca, and children – Jordan and Maik – had sent me off with a few memorabilia. Singing Methodist Xhosa Hymn 259 – Ndinik’amehlo Ndikhangele… I lay out a “Riky Rick…We Multiply” tee-shirt on the rock. Above it was a chain containing: (a) medallion of St Michael – the archangel who among other virtues helps us in our hour of death – as a symbolic representation of Bianca and the kids’ prayers; (b) a St Christopher medallion representing my travel prayers for all of us; and (c) a medallion with a “MaRiky” engraving. The last medallion is the beautiful product of young talented jewellers at the tattoo joint that your friends recently opened up in Braam Square. I laid it as your family’s commitment to carrying forward your legacy of caring for and supporting young people….” she wrote.