THIS IS MY SON'S STORY:
My name is Justin, 21 years old from South Africa and currently stuck in Malaysia due to the covid 19
virus. They say to raise funds you must be a honest as possible, so here we go:
My whole life I was never good at anything, except playing rugby. From early schooldays everyone
told me I have the skills and passion, but I had little believe in myself. When I was 17 I was selected
to play for an Invitational team from South Africa on a tour to Italy. My mom broke her back in
helping me raise the funds to go as we did not have it. Coming back from the tour I realized that I
can actually make it as a rugby player seeing that I had good performances on the tour.
Two years ago I went to Vietnam to get qualified in Teaching English as a Second Language, TEFL,
and I gained my qualification and gained experience in teaching. Then at the end of 2019 I flew over
to Malaysia to teach and play rugby. Both went great, I got an opportunity through the rugby to go
play for a club in Finland. I was on top of the world. Then the Covid 19 virus happened. My whole
world shattered into pieces around me. Due to social distancing, I lost my teaching job, could not fly
out to Finland as I could not get the visa and borders were starting to close. I am still in Malaysia and
am so thank full for my mom and stepdad who are helping me to stay alive and fed. I lost the
opportunity to go play in Finland, but like the saying goes: "Where one door closes, another one
I have been accepted to the Ireland Rugby Academy close to Dublin in Ireland. This is where I am
now asking help from the general and RUGBY community.
I need Euros 10,000 to make this come true. Not only will I be trained in becoming a professional
player, I will also get valuable qualifications in rugby to fall back on once I can't play anymore. I have
been in contact with the club in Finland and would like to join them after this academy program.
My biggest challenge is the financial support. I can't ask more of my mom and stepdad - they are
wonderful and I know they have had tough times in supporting me thus far, and I know they will
keep on doing it.
I am a young man who wants to do the right thing by asking for support on this platform in order for
me to move on in life. I have a very short time limit as I need to be able to go to Ireland by end of
July 2020. My mom and stepdad said they will pay my flight ticket and visa costs to start off with.
In return, to show my appreciation I pledge to support a charity by doing volunteer work on my off
days and weekends - not because I have to - but, because I want to. If there are people and
communities willing to support me, I want to give back as well, I want to give part of who I am.
Thank you for helping.
MY NAME IS HERMAN. JUSTIN IS MY STEPSON AND I WISH I COULD DO MORE FOR HIM. LIFE HAS BEEN HARD ON HIM AND HE NEEDS A BREAK. HE NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO GET UP ONE MORE TIME AND LIVE HIS DREAM.
I HIGHLY APPRECIATE ALL ASSISTANCE IN MAKING MY BOY'S DREAM COME TRUE - HELPING HIM TO BECOME A MAN.