Perhaps it will strike you as ironic that just a few days ago I was pleading for African women who are carrying a heavy load, both physically and figuratively, and now the person I am asking you to help is not a woman.
He’s not quite a man, either, but rather a boy. He is an incredibly talented baseball player, growing up in the hardscrabble township of Alexandra and playing for the club I’ve told you about before. He played in the recent Inter-Regional Tournament or IRT held here in Johannesburg, and based on his excellent pitching performance has now been selected to represent our province of Gautengat the Tuscany Series Games in Italythis August.
Unfortunately, the Gauteng Baseball Federation receives little funding from baseball’s governing bodies in Africa or the United States, so that the funds for this trip (approximately ZAR 18,000 or US$2,400) must be raised entirely by the players themselves.
Two thousand four hundred dollars.
Which is why I’m asking you for help. Something I do not take on lightly, because I hate asking for money. But I figure if the Obama campaign can send me several emails each week asking for contributions, I can at least ask for money once each year without getting on your nerves.
If everybody visiting this blog pitches in $10 or $20 over the next couple of weeks, this will be covered in no time. And if you’ve been enjoying my writings on Joburg Expat, consider it as your contribution to keep me going.
What you get in return is to know that you’ve made one boy’s dream come true, and probably changed his life.
Please help Michael by donating $10 now. Please don’t click away from this page. It’s so easy to put in your details, it won’t take more than two minutes. Even if it’s just a few dollars, it will make a difference.
Do it now!