Using his energy for good
Abner was a beneficiary in our home-based care programme in Westbury for 9 years and has many fond memories of when he was in the programme. The 2010 FIFA World Cup was an incredible time for many South Africans, but as an orphan from a poor township, Abner could not imagine that he would ever be part of it. But he was. He got to travel to Rustenburg to watch the match of Denmark vs Japan. That was when he realised that he could dream and his dreams could come true.
He remembers Christmas parties and receiving stationary every year. He recalls the food parcel being delivered every day that made him feel like a million bucks. With the support of AKB donors he completed his diploma in Financial Accounting in 2018.
Abner can’t sit still. Apart from his daily job as a research analyst at Debtsource, a donor of AKB, he is also a fitness instructor at SABC.
Recently he has become more involved in giving back to those that need help because he knows what it’s like to be in that position. He currently mentors Luke, who is in matric and stays at our Maria Kloppers Campus. Luke is a bright boy with loads of potential, but his fears of “post matric” is causing him to act out and letting his grades drop. “Luke is a good young man and I love his character. He was willing to share his story with me and I believe he can achieve whatever he wants in life. He doesn’t need motivation. He just needs support and clarity. He is my friend and we chat often,” says Abner.
Abner joined our Ride4Hope team for the “Discovery 947 Ride Joburg” in November and is helping to raise funds for our children’s therapy. “I’m doing it to pass on the hope that I received and to try to help the children of Abraham Kriel Bambanani wherever I can,” says Abner.