Teenager battles to raise funds

2019-06-25 06:00
James with his pool of accolades PHOTO: SIPHESIHLE NOTWABAZA

James with his pool of accolades PHOTO: SIPHESIHLE NOTWABAZA

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New Woodlands’ pride and joy Marchelino James’ dreams of competing in China could be stalled if he does not raise enough money for this trip. His friend and mentor Shafiek Peters revealed this news last Friday (21 June).

Peters said Marchelino (19) is in need of financial assistance to the value of R24 000 for him to be able to jet off to China. Marchelino will be competing in the World Under 21 Snooker Championships to take place from Thursday 4 to Saturday 13 July in China. Marchelino first participated in the South African Championships in 2018 in Johannesburg, his mentor revealed. He said that is where he beat his peers and was crowned a champion – a title that meant he would have to compete in China. He said there was an initial promise of financial support to cover the trip’s expenses but that never happened.

Peters is appealing to the community to offer financial assistance to make the dream of the teenager a reality.

He said there has been a few good Samaritans who have made some donations, but they still need more in order for the journey costs to be settled. According to him, the teenager is respectful, dedicated and committed to his sport.

“When I first met him I developed a liking for him because I saw he had potential. He taught me a lot of things and I taught him a lot,” said Peters.

For Marchelino, this will be a dream come true. He said he enjoys the sport, and competing on an international level will be a cherry on top.

The Portland High School Grade 12 learner said he would appreciate the support from the community as he lives with his single mother and sister.

He said when he was announced a winner, he was on cloud nine.“It was my fist time in Jozi, I was very excited,” he said.

He revealed that as passionate as he is about the sport, he would like to go to university when he completes Grade 12.

“I will do Bachelor of Commerce or teaching and then carry on with snooker on the side,” he explained.

He said he is looking forward to the trip and that he cannot say he is nervous but that could change when he gets there. His mother Carol James is just as excited. She said her son behaves well and is hopeful he will win.

“He is very obedient, he has one friend. He does not drink or smoke. What more a mother can ask for,” she said.V For more information on how to support, call Peters on 076 993 9000.

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