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Monday, January 23, 2012

Art classes with a difference...

In the years we have been working through our project, The Young Community Project, I have met and worked with some of the most amazing young people! (See the international interview regarding the YCS here; )

Banele is no different. This young man studied Arts and work for various companies as an artist. You can see him all over Johannesburg doing his artworks, - sometimes on billboards and walls and other times doing sign writing.

Doing everything for money is however not for this young man. He teaches Art at several schools in Soweto to less fortunate children with no financial benefit to himself.

                                        Banele and one of his classes were he teaches Art.

When we went to film Banele at the schools were he teaches Art, I was amazed at how easy he interacts with the children, - he has such an easy way around them and they simply adore him!

In the time since Banele was one of our finalist he has accompanied us on many road trips around the country. He has an exceptional sense of humor and has always been a great ambassador for the Project.

For this young man, whom we salute today, it's all about putting a smile on someone's face every day and to help and build a better future for everyone. I am glad to call him my friend.

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