Donor Report 2015/16

Dear Friends of Independence ZA,

You may not have heard from us for a while, but we’ve been busy and are very happy to write with news about our most recent and forthcoming activities. Thanks to your generosity, Independence ZA (IZA) continues to fund projects in South Africa, primarily focused on the rural community of Philippolis, and improve young people’s lives.

In today’s update, we profile one of our star student beneficiaries, Lehlohonolo Lempetjie, and are also delighted to announce that one of our long-time supporters, Benedict Curran, has won a place to run next year’s London Marathon for IZA.

Lehlohonolo's Story

Lehlohonolo, 21, was born in the small town of Philippolis, a community that has been severely impacted by HIV-AIDS. He started school in aged five and did very well to complete his matric (A-Levels) with a distinction in Science.

With support from IZA and our community-based partner, the Good Work Foundation, Lehlohonolo received a bursary to study at the University of the Free State, where he is currently completing the second year of his BSc Nursing degree. Last year Lehlohonolo was awarded the Best Nursing Student in the Medical Faculty. He said “Working in the health department has always been my passion. I wanted to be a doctor since I was a young boy and I am most fortunate to have had IZA and the Good Work Foundation by my side helping me with my dream to become the best male nurse in Philippolis.”

Lehlohonolo has a bright future ahead of him and thanks to your support he is well on his way to fulfilling his ambitions.

Benedict Curran runs London

We are thrilled that long-time IZA supporter Benedict Curran has won a place to run next year’s London Marathon for IZA. This is the first time we’ll be represented at the London Marathon and we are super-excited! We’ll be working with Benedict to raise as much as we can for his terrific efforts in aid of young South Africans, and will follow up in the coming months with some exciting news on how you can get involved.

Happy Birthday to us!

Finally, it’s IZA’s 10th anniversary this year. Whoop, whoop!! Thanks to your tremendous support we’ve raised over 1.2 million Rand, 96% of which has reached disadvantaged young South Africans, helping them learn new skills so that they may live independent lives (the rest covering charity admin, mainly in the form of banking and audit fees).

Please keep backing us, the impact your contribution has on young South Africans is spectacular.

Yours independently,

Tim, Mark, Paul & Jake

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