In the midst of busy preparations regarding the Amira-Gelukskinders netball tournament and the opening of the public playground in Hessie, an email arrived at the board from the ¨Ahmed Kathrada¨ foundation, whose founder was also detained on Robben Island during the time of Nelson Mandela.
They have awarded Gelukskinders an anti-racism award. A complete surprise for us as a board, we are not into that at all. It is precisely why we got this award. We are naturally very proud of this award. We were well represented at the presentation of this in Johannesburg.
We see this award as motivation to continue on our chosen path, however difficult it may sometimes be. Naturally, Amira accepted this prize for Lucky Children. She also could not resist impressing the audience present with a fiery speech. Our motto remains ¨All children have the RIGHT to play¨ and now also to play sports. Amira.s dreams are boundless. Implementing them is another matter. Playing sports requires municipalities, provincial governments and sports federations, which in time can take over our initiative. Lucky Kids will of course continue to pull the cart and provide schools with new netball poles, sports kits for the teams and netball balls. In the video, Mrs. Rethabile Ratsemo from the Ahmed Kathrada foundation speaks first, followed by Amra’s turn. Amira ends the whole thing with the South African national anthem.