To celebrate the birthday of former South African President Nelson Mandela, Ultimate Rugby has decided to share the story of Qaphela Titus Gobodo whose life was almost taken away from an act of jealousy, hatred and racial prejudice.
Nelson Mandela's birthday is now celebrated across the globe with the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact. The idea is that Mr Mandela spent 67 years making the world a better place and the campaign asks you for 67 minutes of your time doing something positive for their communities in honour the late Nelson Mandela.
"There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return" #NelsonMandela #BeTheLegacy #MandelaDay #ActionAgainstPoverty #TheNextChapter pic.twitter.com/ZXxQ9rhP7x— NelsonMandela (@NelsonMandela) July 18, 2019
Today, we share the story of Qaphela Titus Gobodo from Wellington, Western Cape in South Africa.
Qaphela was attacked by four boys who were walking behind him, one of the boys hit him on the head causing him to collapse to the ground. The boys poured paraffin or thinners, all over his body, and set him on fire. An ambulance was called, and he was rushed to Paarl Hospital.
Why was this done? All of this was because he got a bursary from Hoerskool Garsfontein in Pretoria after he displayed his rugby ability at his school where he happened to be the only great black player amongst his teammates.
When he went back to school, he received no but he became a laughing stock. He didn't care what his peers said or thought about his appearance. All he wanted was to recover, so he could go back to the field and do what he does best, play rugby!!!
Qaphela wasn't receiving the best medical attention, as his mother didn't have enough funds to get him the best medical help.
Today he is on the road to full recovery and has started training for rugby again and recently posted photo shoots he had on the rugby field.
Those who can lend a hand and help in any way can get in touch with Qaphela via his Facebook page here . No justice has yet been done concerning the boys who committed this heinous crime.
A crowd funding page has been launched to help Qaphela and his family.
Story via: Joyful FM
Donate to help burn victim Qaphela Gobodo | Victim of a heinous hate crime https://t.co/BmybzpRbMs via @GoGetFunding #pakvssa #CWC2019 #AFCON2019 #ProteFire #SABCNews #News24 #frenchgp #justiceForQaphela pic.twitter.com/zYV0p1YLYI— Joyful FM : Life-changing radio (@JoyfulFM) June 23, 2019