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Monday 2nd April 2012, Woodstock, Cape Town.
I read all about Cynthia in the Cape Town Big Issue and was drawn to her can-do attitude. Her dream is to become a social worker and help people in her local community, but despite training as a councillor while working as a Big Issue vendor she has never made enough money to study for the necessary qualifications. However, she still manages to support her 3 children, as well as helping a wide group of people in her neighbourhood. When I eventually spoke to Cynthia, she told me that the most important gift she can give is time. I asked her how she felt when she helped someone and she said it made her feel great and that's why she did it.
The money from Wearelucky will go towards Cynthia's university fees and will set her on her way to realising her dreams. She's keen to set a good example to her 3 daughters and inspire them to study and work hard. I feel humbled and inspired by Cynthia and I know she will go on to make her dreams come true while helping many, many others. This was an absolutely magic encounter.
Questions & Answers
1. What have you decided to do with the money?
I'm going to study a social work bachelors degree through the University of South Africa (Unisa). I once volunteered as a community care worker under the Department of Social Development for 4 years (2005 - 2009). I would like to become a social worker and help other people.
2. Do you feel that being involved is important to the giving process?
Yes, being involved promotes social responsibility and I myself will be able to help someone else one day.
3. Did you feel lucky or responsible?
Yes, I felt lucky, but I also felt responsible for what I have achieved so far.
4. How did the people close to you react when you told them about taking part in Wearelucky?
Some thought I was telling a lie. Some were very happy for me.
5. What are your overall thoughts and feelings about Wearelucky?
I didn't think it was possible for someone to donate that amount of money at once. I thank you so much for making my dream come true.