Help this boy

2018-05-01 06:00
Chadwin May (15) is set to compete in New Zealand later this year.PHOTOS: AISHAH CASSIEM

Chadwin May (15) is set to compete in New Zealand later this year.PHOTOS: AISHAH CASSIEM

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A 15-year-old boy living in the Valley of Plenty, one of many high-risk areas in Hanover Park, has been given the opportunity to compete in a rugby tournament in New Zealand later this year.

But the reality of travelling out of his community and country and thus inspiring other youth in the area can only materialise through the assistance of the public.

Chadwin May, a Grade 8 learner at Mount View High School and a passionate rugby player for Primrose Rugby Club, has been selected to attend the tournament along with eight other top players in his club.

Approximately R40 000 is needed to cover the cost of his trip, with a monthly payment of R5000 needed from the end of May to secure his spot. His proud mother, Tania May, says it is not the first time her son has been nominated to travel the country, and the world, due to his talent in rugby.

“He was set to compete overseas last year as well, but we never had the funds to send him over. Both of his parents are unemployed and we couldn’t afford it at the time. This year, despite still being unemployed, I am trying my best to raise funds to ensure my son lives this dream. My sister is already selling foods to raise funds.

“It is not every day that a child from Hanover Park gets an opportunity like this. Many children are drawn to drugs and gangstersim and don’t see the benefit of activities like this. I want my son to live his life differently and to live his dream. And this is a start to it.”

May, who does not allow her only child to play in the streets of Hanover Park during the day, says her son spends his time as a passionate school goer and rugby player and she keeps him busy with other activities inside the house.

Relatives of the young player also approached the First Community Resource Centre in Lansur Road for assistance. Pastor Craven Engel advised the family to seek assistance from the public through the media.

“There are people who are willing to assist our youth who participate in beneficial events like this, and it has worked before via media just by spreading the word out there,” he explains.

“Chadwin is growing up in the Valley of Plenty, which is a dangerous space and it belongs to the Mongrels group. Children struggle a lot in this area. A relative of his is also a former gang member and the family’s intentions to have him grow up differently are very strong, knowing this from their visits to the centre.

“This is a great opportunity for him, as children in Hanover Park can’t just walk to youth centres or participate in programmes in the area, because of what takes place here. We call on the public to help him as we want to materialise this dream for him and hope for him to become an inspiration and mentor to other youth.”

V For more information, call the First Community Resource Centre on 021 691 4012.

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