Let us celebrate our local heroes! No, a local hero is not just a movie about an ordinary man who cared enough to do something extraordinary. Local heroes are real, and we have them right here at Living Legends. A big part of our success and ability to deliver our school programme lies in our team of instructors, our local heroes. Living Legends always aim to recruit dynamic young leaders and we are grateful for their impact through the Living Legends school programme. Our instructors come from communities such as those they work in and therefore understand the challenges children face, making it easier for children to identify with them and giving them the opportunity to inspire the children.

Apart from working in schools, our instructor heroes also lead active community projects of their own, like Shenon Maarman, a provincial netball umpire in his free time, who facilitates netball training camps for girls, twelve to eighteen years. At these holiday camps he teaches girls the rules and skills of the sport. Then there is Chantelle Roos, who runs a random acts of kindness homework project during the school term, through which she assists primary school children from her neighbourhood, with homework. There is Simeon Goliath, who has started a soccer programme for boys nine to ten years old, a women’s soccer team as well as a young ladies netball team in his community. Xolisani Tembani started a boxing club to teach boxing skills to the youth in his community and Janovan Appolis runs, among other, a baby clothes project in his free time.
Some of our instructors represent South Africa through sport, such as Keagan Fourie and Luvo Nkewu in high jump, and Hilton Langenhoven a para-olympic athlete in long jump. They are a great inspiration to the children they work with. Patrick van Wyk coaches 7’s rugby using sport as a vehicle to encourage community development and Luther Rogers and Simeon Goliath both bring hope and joy to their communities through who they are.

Yes, let us celebrate our local heroes, we cannot do without them!

By Liesl Cronje
14 April 2021