Superfan a sponsor of school uniforms
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.
SUPPORT Siwelele superfan Botha Msila is helping schoolkids