In 2011 I was doing Grade 10 when my school introduced us to the organisation Life Choices”. I got so interested in it since it meant working with young people. That’s where I met Lumka and Buntu, two leaders of the program.

I had three years of fun, excitement and challenges on the journey with this programme. My responsibility was to learn from my leaders’ teaching and implement what I learned into other grades. We would go to classes at the same school I was attending in Mandela. We would be given a target of counselling at least 20-30 learners; helping them with problems they were facing at home and in their studies. Then we would submit those forms after a week or so; in some cases we would refer them to social workers and others to teachers.

On the 12th of May 2013 I received my reward for all my hard work helping the learners. It was a cold day when I got a call from my leader, Buntu.

“Siya congratulations, you have earned yourself a chance to go and visit Robin Island and the organisation will cover the expenses.”

It was my first time visiting the island and I’ll never forget it. Climbing on that big boat for the first time was the best moment ever, the smell of the sea and the waves crashing against the boat made me feel alive. Setting foot on the island for the first time made me feel special.

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Tell us: What great reward have you ever received for helping out others?