DREAMS DASHED

Can you help make a young man’s dreams come true?

As many of you may know I write kids books about Pirates that hold their own Image may contain: 1 person, standing and stripesParalympic Games. Well, a few months ago I met a young friend on Facebook Moegamat Nur Petersen. He is a 19-year-old blind Para-athlete. He told me his story, of how he was a prem baby but he was a fighter and survived. Then at the age of 13 within a few weeks, he went blind, but he didn’t give in he still fought on. He was at Stellenbosch training but because he is a Muslim, of course, stopped to respect Ramadan. I haven’t spoken to him much since then, but today I spoke with him – we voice chat on Whatsup.

It was the first time I have heard the sadness in his voice. His sponsor has pulled out – times are tough we all know that, but for him, it is life changing. He cannot get to training.

He said to me, “I’m not going to give up, we all have challenges and this is mine – to continue in athletics…” “When I think about Tokyo 2020 it puts a smile on my face, I cannot miss it.”

Well, I felt motivated enough to come straight to my laptop and write this blog to appeal for help for him. I do not have the financial means to support Nur, I wish I did. But I can write and I can speak, so if there is anyone out there who thinks they can help him please contact me or Nur directly his phone number is on his FB page. It is terrible to have 7 years of your life put on hold and your dreams dashed before you have a chance to really live them, especially when you are so young and have already overcome so much. But he is a fighter, he just needs some help getting to train under suitable conditions to give him a chance.

I checked out his FB page for a pic and saw that even though for now his dreams are dashed, he has posted proudly other Para-athletes who are currently in London, competing, take a look. So let’s see if we collectively can keep that 2020 smile on his face shall we. I don’t normally do something like this but I feel that his dreams are worth it – Please help him.


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