Noth­ing is go­ing to stop Raees

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Tyler Roodt

THERE are peo­ple who love what they do so much that they will fight just to be able to do it. A per­fect ex­am­ple is 7-yearold Raees Jassiem.

Raees has been a stu­dent of the Goju Kai Karate Dojo in Mow­bray since the age of 4.

He was re­cently cho­sen to rep­re­sent the Western Cape in the up­com­ing South African Goju Kai Cham­pi­onships in Stel­len­bosch, but could not af­ford the R4 000 en­try fee, let alone the ad­di­tional R4 000 needed for his equip­ment. So he set about try­ing to earn the money him­self.

Raees set up a stall in Ry­land Es­tate sell­ing items such as dried fruit, atchar, condi­ments and some crock­ery items (glasses, plates, and cups) in order to raise the money he needed.

Raees’s mother, Fa­zlin Jassiem is the one who taught him to work for the things he wants and is ex­tremely proud of his de­ter­mi­na­tion and work ethic.

“To­day, many kids have a sense of en­ti­tle­ment and this of­ten leads to ab­sence of ap­pre­ci­a­tion, be­cause they have it easy and never have to work for it. When Raees has a dream and we have fi­nan­cial dif­fi­culty achiev­ing it, then he him­self sug­gests work­ing to­wards it,” she said.

The news of his plight spread around the com­mu­nity and he be­gan re­ceiv­ing do­na­tions from many places, com­ing to a to­tal of about R3 000.

The big­gest of these came from cook­ing oil com­pany, Wil­low­ton Group, who do­nated the fi­nal R5 000 to the young fighter.

Wil­low­ton mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive David Swei­dan said: “The fact that he be­lieved that, through hard work, he could achieve any­thing, re­ally res­onated with a com­pany that has been do­ing busi­ness for nearly 50 years in South Africa. That has meant lots of hard work.

“We re­ally be­lieve that, de­spite his very young age, Raees is a good ex­am­ple of what can be achieved through ded­i­ca­tion and de­ter­mi­na­tion.”

The SA Goju Kai Cham­pi­onships will take place be­tween Oc­to­ber 26 and 28 and Raees’s fam­ily and friends are un­doubt­edly con­fi­dent that he won’t let his hard work go to waste.

RAEES Jassiem with, left to right, his proud mother Fa­zlin Jassiem, lit­tle sis­ter Rahmah Jassiem and Sally Shields, prin­ci­pal of Grove Pri­mary School.

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