Saturday 10th September 2011, Blouberg, Cape Town.
We arrived for lunch and I had the sort of hangover that makes it difficult sleep, never mind make small talk over lunch with virtual strangers. My head was pounding and there were kids and cats and people all over the place. The first beer didn't do the job, but by the third my head was clearing and I felt less anxious.
Michael and Tanya were our hosts and made me feel very welcome. They are very progressive thinkers, deeply interested in the world and how it (sometimes) works. There was a lively debate and my hangover started to slip away. Later, the conversation turned to charity and they expounded on some of the negative ways in which money is often deployed in SA. Before I knew it I'd told them all about Wearelucky and asked them to participate.
We arranged to meet again and Michael invited me to the beach for a spot of kite surfing. I'd had a go before, but not in 2.5m waves. Michael said I would be fine and just to stay cool. I asked if there were any sharks and he just laughed and said, "Not on this beach."
Michael was a good kite surfer and I did ok but after fifteen minutes or so I started to lose my rhythm and dropped the kite a couple of times. I was struggling to get it back up, so decided to head for the shore. I was about 200m out to sea and the waves were absolutely colossal. The first one crashed over my head and dragged me to the bottom of the sea, spinning me round and round. Just as I thought I was about to break the surface to drag another breath, the second hit me with even more force and sent me tumbling down again. I managed to snatch a breath and I remember feeling strangely calm before the third and fourth waves. I eventually surfaced pretty close to the shore and I was able to drag my kite and lines onto the beach.
Ten minutes later Michael finished up and joined me on the beach. I told him I'd had fun and he laughed and said something about shark bait.
"But you told me there were no sharks here," I said. He laughed again.
"This is South Africa my friend. There are thousands of them."
Questions & Answers
1. What have you decided to do with the money?
We'll use it to empower an enthusiastic individual or group of people. It's a personal belief that only through empowerment can we change for the better. When we only focus on relieving or sustaining people we keep them trapped. We need to focus on empowering people to take responsibility for their own lives.
2. Do you think one thousand pounds is enough money?
It is not what you do, but how you do it. No amount of money will empower an individual unless he or she really wants to be empowered. This gift is a seed that has the potential to grow into a mighty tree, so yes I do believe it is enough.
3. Is it important to get something back and why?
What you put in, always comes back to you. It's a natural law of the universe. For me, personally, to get something back from a recipient is not important. It's the personal process that's rewarding, so I naturally receive within me.