Robby Kojetin is a friend of a friend who has taken on an enormous task - to climb Mt Everest in order to raise funds for CANSA (the Cancer Association of South Africa). I'm not sure if his plans are to summit but as I understand it he's taken a flag up with him that has a number of 'tiles' or spaces on it that companies and individuals can sponsor or buy. A bit like a portable Million Dollar Homepage for charity's sake
I'm writing about Robby not because I have to or because it's nice too, but I've become increasingly aware of the dark (no pun intended) cloud of negativity hanging over South Africans. This is a tough time for South Africa. We're simultaneously facing up against educational, health, political, economical and infrastructural challenges and the weight of reality is too much to bear for many. I can understand the sentiments of those who have decided to leave, or are planning to. For many this is the straw that has broken the camel's back.
And yet, in the midst of a really tough time for our country, some people still find ways to reach out beyond themselves to make a difference in the lives of others - typically those who need it most. I find that inspiring and heartening. As long as we've still got people like Robby in South Africa there's hope.
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