When I was approached to be the matron of the WhizzKids United Health Academy (HA), I was very excited. I already had experience in dealing with youth friendly services. But, I could have never imagined how much of a wonderful time I would have after the clinic's opening on June 1st, 2010.
I shared my dreams, challenges and frustrations with two dynamic CEOs, Marcus and Zanele. If it wasn't for their support, I would not have managed. I remember my first meeting with Marcus. My first instinct was that we are going to work extremely well together. He's friendly and doesn't have to buy a smile because it's just natural for him. Fortunately, my instincts about him were absolutely correct.
I also had the great opportunity to work with an awesome staff. Together, we've changed so many young lives from sadness to happiness. I can write endlessly about everyone's contributions to the HA and dedication to helping children. From our nurses to our social workers to our administrative staff, I can't express enough my gratitude for all of your love, support and hard work.
I also faced many obstacles. Prior to the Academy's opening, I sought young volunteers in the community to work as well as liaised with future donors in order to achieve sustainability for the clinic. I can't speak badly about any of my challenges because they all made me better personally and professionally. For example, if it wasn't for WhizzKids, then I wouldn't have enjoyed the opportunity to speak and promote our cause at the London Youth Clinics earlier this year.
I sincerely enjoyed my time with WhizzKids United because I love children. At first, I never imagined how football could be a tool to educate children. But, after this experience, I could not imagine how we would've helped children without the sport. We have managed as a team to make the HA unique and the first of its kind not only in KwaZulu-Natal but also arguably in South Africa. I am grateful and humbled to have worked for such a great purpose and organization.
In conclusion, let me say that I am proud of all of you at WhizzKids United and I will truly miss you. God bless you all! Please keep all of the programmes and initiatives going including our lovely garden! Also huge thank you to Busi, Ntokzo, Thembile, Tasneem, Gugu, Lauren and everyone for such a great time at WhizzKids United!