New Sharp­ley book to help oth­ers

All pro­ceeds to go to foun­da­tion

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GASTER Sharp­ley’s book launch took place on Mon­day at BMW in Berea and was at­tended by more than 50 peo­ple, in­clud­ing Buf­falo City Metro mayor Xola Pakati. Sharp­ley's book, ti­tled Hold My

Hand and Let Me Stand, is his 10th project on var­i­ous top­ics. The book fo­cuses on the com­plex­ity of hu­man re­la­tion­ships. Much like his pre­vi­ous books, it is writ­ten in a con­ver­sa­tional tone and of­fers guid­ance and in­sight into cre­at­ing long-last­ing friend­ships.

The politi­cian and phi­lan­thropist, who was pre­vi­ously the mu­nic­i­pal mayor of BCM, is now the head of the pro­vin­cial depart­ment of hu­man set­tle­ments, as well as the found­ing di­rec­tor and chair­man of the Peggy Nesta Foun­da­tion.

The foun­da­tion is a com­mu­nity-based non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion founded in the mem­ory of Sharp­ley’s mother, Peggy Nesta Sharp­ley. All the pro­ceeds from the book are to be do­nated to the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“I don’t write books to make money; it’s a hobby, it’s a pas­sion; and if I can help oth­ers along the way, I am grate­ful,” Sharp­ley said.

The foun­da­tion is ded­i­cated to up­lift­ing the com­mu­nity through var­i­ous pro­grammes and events. Last year, the foun­da­tion filled their man­date and hosted var­i­ous events, fundrais­ers and awarded bur­saries to needy stu­dents all in aid of the com­mu­nity.

Kick­ing off this year with Sharp­ley’s book launch, the foun­da­tion hopes for a re­ward­ing and suc­cess­ful year ahead. “We’ve al­ready man­aged to give out 30 high school bur­saries around the area and also pro­vided those pupils with lap­tops,” a mem­ber of the Peggy Nesta Foun­da­tion, Sa­man­tha Rorich, said.

De­scribed as a great com­mu­ni­ca­tor by his son and MC at the event, Garth, Sharp­ley pro­vides a one-on-one ex­pe­ri­ence for his readers.

“The book fol­lows a men­tor­ing style, whereby readers are not merely given a model to work by, but are taught, through the in­sight and ex­pe­ri­ences my fa­ther has gained,” Garth said.

De­spite be­ing a se­ri­ous and im­por­tant book on the com­plex na­ture of hu­man re­la­tions, there are pas­sages laced with Sharp­ley’s witty hu­mour, which ac­cen­tu­ates the con­ver­sa­tional tone through­out.

All who at­tended the launch gave high praise for the book and none failed to men­tion his hum­ble and self­less na­ture.

Close friend Dee van der Byl said: “He is a true hu­man­i­tar­ian and has the big­gest heart I’ve had the plea­sure of get­ting to know.”

Fol­low­ing in his hum­ble and com­mu­nity serv­ing foot­steps, Sharp­ley’s son Garth has launched a com­mu­nity news­pa­per, ti­tled Pass it On, which caters for the Buf­falo Flats, Park­side and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

Pic­ture: MADELEINE CHAPUT

HELP­ING OTH­ERS: Gaster Sharp­ley launched ‘Hold My Hand and Let Me Stand’ on Mon­day

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