There are not many organisations where your last day on the job can be spent watching talented students present their creative marketing and branding ideas for your organisation.
Luckily, for the last three years, I have worked at WhizzKids United (WKU), an organisation where these experiences are made possible all the time. Today, I saw glimpses of the creativity that has taken us this far, and will continue to drive us forward. It made me very proud and happy.
Over the last two weeks I have had the chance to come to terms with leaving WKU, an organisation I have grown to love and through which I have grown personally and professionally. It has not been easy, but I have so much to be thankful for.
I feel proud to have been part of a small and committed team that has grown from less than five people three years ago to over 20 today. I have been given opportunities and responsibilities that I could not have received anywhere else. Most importantly, I have been given the chance to positively impact the lives of young children. For all of this, I am truly grateful.
To everyone who has contributed to WKU; from volunteers, office and field staff to partners and supporters all over the world, I want to say thank you. Many of you have become close friends and I hope to stay in touch.
I know that WKU will continue to change, adapt and grow; and provide the best possible services to young people in South Africa. WKU will always be in my heart, and I hope to remain closely involved in the future.
Leaving the office today, I leave you with feedback that I just read from a 12-year-old boy who recently completed the Life Skills Programme, "No-one is better than WhizzKids. I love WhizzKids."