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Shining Stars take on the unique global adventure.

posted 30 Jul 2013, 02:55 by ntobeko dlamini   [ updated 4 Aug 2013, 22:57 ]
Three exceptional Star for Life Learners have been selected to participate in the Clipper Round the World Race, 2013. This event is organized by the Sapinda Rainbow Project and Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF). This unique initiative aims to develop young community ambassadors to raise world awareness and funds for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.

 Learners selected to participate in the race.

Siyaya Nomcebo 18 , Nokulunga Nkwanya 20 and Mency Madolo 18 are three of the eight young South Africans participating in one of the eight legs of the Clipper Round the World Race. The race itself is the longest ocean challenge in the world and crosses 40 000 miles. To be selected to take part in this race, these young people aged 18-23, went through a tough selection process. The selection process was hosted by Sailing Africa in Durban, thirty candidates had to do a series of tasks which included sailing familiarisation and aptitude; media, communications and presentation skills, writing and blogging exercises and one on one interviews.  Mpaki Pule, of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund Donor Relations Manager notes that; “All the young people who participated in the selection process demonstrated the youth of this country. The ones that have been selected to compete in the Clipper Race are exceptional. I hope this experience will help them to achieve their full potential.”


All three learners will be part of the sailing team, and will participate in different legs of the race. Siyaya Nomcebo will be part of the leg one, travelling from the United Kingdom to Brazil. Nokulunga Kwanya will participate on leg two from Brazil to South Africa and Mency Madolo will sail from San Francisco to New York in United States. In addition to the life changing experience, each learner will receive a certificate of participation at the completion of the race. Accordingly the learners will undergo intense sailing training prior to the commencement of the race on the 1 September 2013. The Star For Life Coach for NMCF schools noted that “Our young people will have a chance to participate to a life changing opportunity, they are very excited and scared at times but they all did exceptionally well. It is a fact that their lives will change for better”. 


Star For Life Area Manager for NMCF said this a life changing opportunity for the these young stars. “These youngsters are the agents of change and beacon of hope through partnerships such as Sapinda Rainbow Challenge, Nelson Mandela Children Fund and Star For Life since they are breaking new grounds for themselves to participate in water sport with noble intentions of fundraising for Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital.”


Mency Madolo a post matric student from Idlilanga High School in KwaZulu Natal and one of the three Star For Life Learners selected to participate in this race said; “This is a great opportunity to travel the world and it’s going to be my first time being in the sea, I have always wanted to be involved with humanitarian activities. Thank you to Star For Life and NMCF for this opportunity.”

The team left South Africa for the UK on Friday 26 July 2013 which is the Fund’s Annual Children’s celebration, in celebrating their Founder (Mr Mandela’s) 95th Birthday.