Su­per­fan a spon­sor of school uni­forms

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

De­voted soc­cer sup­porter Botha Msila is in­vest­ing some of his R250 000 Premier Soc­cer League (PSL) jack­pot in school­child­ren.

The pop­u­lar 41-year-old Bloem­fontein Celtic sup­porter wants to make a dif­fer­ence in his com­mu­nity and will be spon­sor­ing four school­child­ren from Water­bron Pri­mary School in Bainsvlei, out­side Bloem­fontein.

Msila was awarded the PSL Chair­man’s Award at the PSL awards in May.

At the time, Msila said he would build a house with part of the award money. How­ever, he re­vealed this week that he had also de­cided to spon­sor school uni­forms for four pupils through­out their pri­mary school years.

Msila hopes his ges­ture will in­spire the chil­dren.

“I know in­vest­ing in schoolkids will cre­ate a bet­ter fu­ture for them and our coun­try. What I saw there [at the school] touched me and I im­me­di­ately de­cided to do some­thing for the kids.

“I know it is not enough but it will go a long way in help­ing these kids,” he said.

He has left the process of iden­ti­fy­ing the four chil­dren to teach­ers at the school “be­cause they know those in dire need”.

“One of the teach­ers in­vited me to the school as a mo­ti­va­tion for the chil­dren and what I saw there re­ally touched me.

“It is a ru­ral school and many chil­dren are strug­gling. It is only when you get closer to a sit­u­a­tion that you re­alise how se­ri­ous it is.

“I wish I could spon­sor all the chil­dren in the school. I some­times get hand-outs from peo­ple and I know what it means, hence I de­cided to share with those who don’t have. God said ‘give and you shall re­ceive and a hand that giveth is more blessed than the one that re­ceiveth’,” he said.

Msila has urged sport­ing he­roes to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of chil­dren.

“Imag­ine if more stars came to­gether and spon­sored school­child­ren; this would re­ally go a long way to chang­ing their lives. I know what it’s like to live on hand­outs and I will al­ways go out of my way to help where I can,” he said.

PHOTO: EU­GENE MALAKA

SUP­PORT Si­welele su­per­fan Botha Msila is help­ing schoolkids

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