5000 Food Bag Campaign: Astonishing Childhood Story of South African Captain Siya Kolsi.
As I read his story as a baby, he was fathered by a 15-year-old boy and an 18-year-old mother…both kids…I was passed on to my grandmother to be looked after. We struggled with necessities and as a child, I tasted the pain of hunger.
This story empowers us to stay on track with our 5,000 Food bag campaign to help families and children in our community…. our #1 reason comes from inspiring stories of Siya Kolsi the first Blackman to captain South Africa to World Cup glory.
He writes: Hunger was a big part of my childhood-during term time I had only one meal each day at school…I had powdered milk and a thick slice of white bread…or dried maize kernels it was better than nothing.
Outside term, I didn’t have a safety net, there was no food in the house, I would stay with neighbors to ask for food…sometimes they use me to fetch items from the store in reward for food.
It’s hard to explain hunger, proper hunger, to people who have never experienced it…Hunger is not just being hungry, the sensation of discomforts, no energy, sleep discomfort, and the pain…when it got worse. and hoping where the next meal comes from is tough for a child.
The only person I depended on was my grandmother and remember the day I went into the kitchen and she was staring into space, no food to give me.
Suddenly she disappeared and I never saw her again it wasn’t uncommon for older people to disappear in South Africa.
I discovered Rugby, and Kindness in humanity, and the believe despite my Challenges I can overcome my adversity.