Proteas cricket star, JP Duminy, who grew up playing cricket on the streets of Mitchell’s Plain and Strandfontein, aims to raise awareness of a local youth-focused non-profit organisation, MOT South Africa.
Duminy has placed the organisation’s logo on his bat, so that it will show itself off every time he steps out to bat in the current one-day international series against India.
“Placing the MOT logo on my bat during the South Africa-India ODI series is my way of bringing about awareness for the organisation and their commitment to strengthening and empowering young leaders in South Africa,” says Duminy.
MOT SA runs its main operations out of the College of Cape Town’s Crawford campus, specialising in life skills development among the youth.
The organisation partners with educational institutions and trains their staff and students to ensure that the youth of South Africa become active citizens, leaders and role models.
Duminy believes in the core values and principles of MOT and echoes these in his daily life and career.
“MOT means courage. Every time I step onto the crease in front of thousands of people, it takes courage.
“Courage is what all youth need to be able to deal with all the curveballs life throws at them. It doesn’t matter in which area you grew up – that does not define you. I am a proud MOT ambassador and hope to be a role model to all the youth to keep striving to achieve their goals and dreams,” he says.
MOT CEO, Wanda Möller, says that in 2018, MOT is celebrating 10 years in South Africa.
“MOT SA commemorates a decade of working with educators and empowering youth to bring about positive and lasting change in their college and school culture and in society,” says Möller.
“With its network of partnerships and with the support of all MOT ambassadors, MOT SA reached and impacted more than 10 000 youths in 2017 and will continue to provide the life-changing life skills programme to more young people in 2018.
“We thank JP for his commitment to the youth and to MOT’s vision and mission. MOT SA would like to wish JP and the Proteas squad all the best for the rest of the ODI series,” adds Möller.