My friend Sheldene nominated Rachel as a Lead SA Hero when she cut off her hair and she was choosen as the joint Junior winner for May.
Lead SA highlights people doing things to make the world a better place. This is what they say on their website “YOU can change the world. Lead SA is a personal call to every person to make a difference. We all have a responsibility to make the world a better place. It could be as simple as making a stranger smile or as big as fighting to further the rights entrenched in our Constitution. Each act makes a difference. This website tells the stories of people who are making our country a better place.”
Rachel was a joint Junior Hero with Chaeli Mycroft of the Chaeli Champaign. From the Lead SA website:
20-year-old Chaeli, who has cerebral palsy and is a wheelchair user, is one of our country’s best-known ability activists.
In addition to changing the perceptions of people with disabilities, Chaeli is also passionate about inclusion and the celebration of diversity.
To read more about Chaeli and Rachel and their award there is a page about them on Lead SA Junior Heros
Today Rachel and Chaeli were video interviewed by Rob Vember of Kfm Radio. Poor little Rachel was quite nervous and her usual talkativeness was a little dampened, but she did very well. Murphy’s law Titus was sick and wheezing needing his inhaler and generally miserable so instead of being able to send him to playgroup and focusing on Rachel. I had a coughing, crying, miserable boy to wrangle in the background. But she managed very well, even if she forgot half the things she wanted to say.
Chaeli’s mom has invited Rachel to join their Young Ambassadors Programme, which grows social entrepreneurs between the ages of 9-14 with a focus on leadership, networking and entrepreneurship skill which can help uplift their communities. She is going to join the first session on Saturday which I think will be a lovely opportunity for her to stay focused on helping others.