Award shows team’s priorities

2017-08-22 06:01
Sacs learner Adam Begg.

Sacs learner Adam Begg.

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One of the members of the 67 Kids to School project that won this year’s Lead SA Youth Heroes Award in the Western Cape says he is honoured to be part of a team that is making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate children.

Adam Begg says through the four team members’ contribution to community projects he has learned that life should not revolve around prioritising your personal gain but rather community benefit.

“This journey has altered my perspective on many things. The absolute squalor in which the children live is appalling and yet they were some of the happiest people I have met. To be part of a project which made a difference, however small, has been incredible. It has taught me to cherish what I have and to realise that with my privilege there is so much I can do to help change the lives of those less fortunate.”

The 18-year-old Grade 12 learner is among the four learners of Sacs in Newlands who were recently announced as the Western Cape winners of the award.

They are now looking forward to the national Lead SA competition for which the winners will be announced later this year.

The team’s project is providing 67 new Grade 1 learners with school uniforms, school bags and stationery. They also work with Living Hope by providing Friday afternoon tutoring for Grade 6 to 9 learners in Mathematics and Science at Masiphumelele High School. The team also donated funds to victims of the Imizamo Yethu fires. They raise funds through donations and fundraising campaigns.

Above and beyond Adam’s commitment to the project, he is a prefect at his school and enjoys rowing and running. He is also involved in first aid and the history society of the school.

The Lead SA win came as an honour, he says.

“When we took over 67 Kids to School I didn’t expect any recognition as it is still a relatively small project and the previous team had already been recognised. Thus it was an even bigger surprise at the Lead SA breakfast when they said that we were the annual regional winners. It was a huge honour and I am extremely grateful that we now have even more exposure to the public and a chance to expand our project further.”

His mother, Kerrin Begg, says: “As parents, we are proud of what the boys have accomplished, and thrilled at the recognition they have received. We are probably more proud of how they have learnt and grown through the process, becoming compassionate, accountable adults ready to play a constructive role in society to make a difference in people’s lives.”

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