Passion for people

2017-08-29 06:00
Nishen Naidoo (18)

Nishen Naidoo (18)

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Sacs learner Nishen Naidoo says he dedicated most of his time to a project without expecting any recognition.

But it has come to him, as he is one of the team members who won this year’s provincial Lead SA Youth Heroes Award.

“In taking over the 67 Kids to School project, the intention was to assist the kids in need as much as I could and being recognised for this has really humbled me and motivated me to do more,” Nishen says.

The team is made up of four learners of Sacs in Newlands. Their project makes a difference in the lives of less fortunate children in Cape Town.

The team was recently announced as the Western Cape winners and they are now looking forward to the national Lead SA winners being announced later this year.

The project consists of providing 67 new Grade 1 learners with school uniforms, school bags and stationery.

Team members also work with Living Hope by tutoring Grade 6 to 9 learners in Mathematics and Science at Masiphumelele High School on Friday afternoons.

The team also donated funds to victims of the Imizamo Yethu fires. They raise funds through donations and campaigns.

Nishen says their intention is to help the children be comfortable at school by providing them with school uniforms. “We also spent part of our December holiday getting the kits together for the kids,” he says.

“My team and I persevered in getting the assistance of our sponsors throughout the year. I have been taught from a young age to always give back to those less fortunate than myself. I am passionate about helping to make a change in the lives of others and this has inspired me to do as much as I can to assist those in need.”

He says when he is not busy with the project he fulfils his passion for sport or participates in cultural activities at his school and in the community and is planning to study B.Comm or Law at Stellenbosch University next year because he wants to turn his love of helping into a career.

“I have always been passionate about interacting with and helping people and I think either one of these avenues will assist me in reaching my goal,” Nishen says.

His father, Suren Naidoo, says: “We are immensely proud of our son’s achievements. He is extremely passionate in all that he does, so it was a huge honour for us as parents when Nishen and his team were the regional winners of this prestigious award. He is an inspiration to all those around him.”


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