South African Heroes is an initiative created by eMedia Holdings to profile individuals who go the extra mile to contribute to their communities. We believe that an important part of developing a South African identity, pride and patriotism is ensuring that all South Africans have faith in their fellow men and women, whether they work in public institutions or serve the greater good through their own personal and financial sacrifices. We are on a mission to find the inspiring unsung heroes of our nation and honor them by filming and sharing their stories daily on our e.tv and eNCA television channels.
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Mark Conrad started working as cleaner at Entheos Boxing Academy in the small town of Swellendam. After observing the sport, owner Dries Morris gave him an opportunity to become a trainer. While working as a trainer, he assisted by putting together new fitness programmes. When they opened their doors to taking in non-paying students, he would take in all the kids not doing sport at school and teach them about boxing. There are currently 45 boxers from age 12 to 35 who are attending free classes. The academy isn’t only focused on boxing but they help with homework and teach basic computer skills and first aid. Entheos Boxing has become their second home.
For more information visit: www.entheosboxing.com
Kelly Grevler is the founder of a community project called Sidewalk Sessions – which offers free guitar lessons to children in downtown Johannesburg, Maboneng Precinct. Held under a tree by one of the street sidewalks, Kelly teaches up to 25 students a session, they sit and learn their instrument on the sidewalk. The motive behind Sidewalk Sessions is simple: Music is a universal language that Kelly believes connects people despite age or race.
For more information visit the Sidewalk Sessions’ Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/sidewalksessionsjhb
SARDA Gauteng is a Non-Profit Organization that offers free therapeutic riding to physically and mentally challenged children and young adults who cannot afford it. They also offer other interactive equine activities to those unable, too frail or too elderly to ride. Their aim is to interact with the whole person; strengthening the body, challenging the mind and lifting the spirit. Therapeutic riding assists our riders in breaking out of marginalization and integrating into a productive society.
For more information visit: www.sarda.co.za