Kind deeds earn guardian an­gel trip of a life­time

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - FRONT PAGE - Yolanda Palezweni PalezweniY@ti­soblack­

STEP­PING in as a “sur­ro­gate mom” to a teen in need came nat­u­rally to Jane Mad­wara, but never in her wildest dreams did she be­lieve her kind­ness would one day be re­paid with the trip of a life­time.

Ear­lier this month the 77-year-old Mad­wara swapped her mod­est Mother­well home for a cruise liner, be­com­ing the first mem­ber in her fam­ily to travel abroad.

Mad­wara was taken along to Sin­ga­pore and Thai­land by for­mer neigh­bour Fundiswa Ngx­as­heka af­ter Ngx­as­heka had won the trip through her work­place, IFA mar­ket­ing com­pany.

Ngx­as­heka, 30, said she chose Mad­wara to ac­com­pany her to thank her for be­ing “a guardian an­gel” when she had no one to turn to.

Ngx­as­heka and her hus­band Mzingisi, 33, both won a trip abroad on the cruise liner, with Mzingisi tak­ing his mother along with him.

“She [Mad­wara] had to come along with me, just to thank her for ev­ery­thing she did for me, Ngx­as­heka said. Mad­wara had “al­ways played a mother role in my life”, she said. More so when Ngx­as­heka’s fa­ther died in 2005 and her mother in 2007. Ini­tially Mad­wara was a lit­tle scep­ti­cal about fly­ing. “When I re­ceived the news that I was go­ing over­seas I was over the moon, un­til a day be­fore we left the coun­try.”

She said as the day of de­par­ture drew closer, she had been wor­ried she might not make it to Sin­ga­pore as she thought she might die of panic on the plane.

“I was scared and a day be­fore we left I went to see a doc­tor for a check-up and I was told my blood pres­sure was nor­mal, I must just relax.

“I was con­cerned about my age. I was think­ing that I would die up there. When I saw the plane, I was ter­ri­fied and ex­cited at the same time,” she said.

When they landed in Sin­ga­pore, they boarded their cruise ship.

“I was spoilt like a baby. Ev­ery­thing I wanted I’d get it. I was eat­ing and drink­ing what­ever I felt like.

“The cruise had ev­ery­thing we needed and more. I felt like I was from the royal fam­ily,” she added.

“It was the first time in my life that I had trav­elled over­seas. Even in my fam­ily no one has ever gone to where I’ve been.

Mad­wara said she had al­ways loved Ngx­as­heka as her as her own.

“I re­mem­ber ev­ery day when I would come from work she would be wait­ing for me and would run to­wards me be­cause I al­ways had treats for her.

“In her dif­fi­cul­ties in life I never aban­doned her. I was al­ways there for her as my own child. I raised her and now I’m look­ing af­ter her two chil­dren,” she said.

“I am so proud of Fundiswa. In­deed I raised her well. She is a grown-up woman now with a hus­band and chil­dren – with ev­ery­thing,” she said.

AWE­SOME TRIP: Fundiswa Ngx­as­heka and Jane Mad­wara on their cruise abroad

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