Giv­ing back brings fo­cus says pathol­o­gist hope­ful

The Star Early Edition - - MATRIC RESULTS - TEBOGO MONAMA tebogo.monama@inl.co.za

NOMFUNDO Gamede be­lieves that giv­ing back to your community is one of the most im­por­tant things you can do with your spare time.

The Ab­botts Col­lege ma­tric can­di­date is equally pas­sion­ate about school work and char­ity work.

She said her pas­sion for chil­dren had en­cour­aged her to do char­ity work at the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hos­pi­tal and the Mar­ian Rose Foun­da­tion for chil­dren with spe­cialised med­i­cal needs.

“I am very pas­sion­ate about chil­dren and I wanted to fo­cus on them in my char­ity work.

“Both char­i­ties were dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ences but they were both im­por­tant.

“Just be­ing able to help chil­dren is im­por­tant to me,” Nomfundo said.

At Rahima Moosa, Nomfundo got to go on rounds with the doc­tors and also as­sist in some of the wards.

She has also vol­un­teered at the Brack­en­hurst Methodist Church’s soup kitchen.

The ma­tric­u­lant plans to study medicine at Wits Univer­sity this year.

“I would like to even­tu­ally be­come a foren­sic pathol­o­gist. Even though I am pas­sion­ate about chil­dren the idea of work­ing on crime scenes is more thrilling.”

Other than her char­ity work, Nomfundo had to jug­gle be­ing a mem­ber of the school rep­re­sen­ta­tive coun­cil and her school­work.

“The trick is just fo­cus­ing on the most im­por­tant things.

“The hardest thing about the school year was not the work­load, but pre­par­ing for ex­ams and try­ing to fig­ure out what will be the exam con­tent,” she said.

To pre­pare, she or­gan­ised files with all the im­por­tant ma­te­rial she needed to pre­pare for each of her seven sub­jects.

“For the ex­ams, I had to go through the files and make sure I knew ev­ery­thing in there,” Nomfundo said.

She re­ceived one dis­tinc­tion.

BIG DREAMS: Nomfundo Ka­belo Gameda, for­mer ma­tric stu­dent at Ab­botts Col­lege, at her home in Mey­ers­dal. She dreams of an ex­cit­ing ca­reer in foren­sic pathol­ogy.

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