Today, I consider myself extremely privileged. I am sitting in a campsite in Maun in the middle of the 2017 Put Foot rally where we have the opportunity to travel through Southern Africa, meeting amazing people and giving back to the community.
Travelling the thousands of kilometres obviously gives you time to think and being the connectivity freak that I am I also have had time to read many news articles and opinions.
What has struck me is the tragedy that continues to unfold with African politics and how it affects the everyday people who live way below the poverty line yet they are happy, friendly and content with life. They have no idea what they are losing out on and I wonder if there will ever be someone who leads a country who will have a genuine interest in all the people of the country.
On the rally we give back by giving children school shoes and the Shoe Foundation has done a lot of research in how school shoes give children pride, hope and dignity. It is heart warming to see that a pair of shoes that costs $14 can give so much to a young person and again I am so grateful to be part of this.
I think back now to what Nelson Mandela once said “A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of” and realize that we cannot wait for our leaders to fix the problems we face but each and every one of us must believe in a better future for all. We need to stay positive and give where we can and what we can.