Nothing is going to stop Raees
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.