Never give up: Yacht race around the world changes orphaned South African’s life

Never give up: Yacht race around the world changes orphaned South African’s life

- Boitumelo was orphaned when she was a child

- 2 years ago, she took the challenge of racing in a yacht across the world

- The experience changed her life and she's now a health professional

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When Boitumelo "Charlotte" Malia was left an orphan as a child, life looked bleak. She even had to leave her extended family because they were not treating her well.

As a result of her difficult childhood, she failed matric five times. Fortunately, her life turned around when she learned about the Rainbow Foundation.

According to its website, the Foundation provides "young South Africans from challenging backgrounds with the opportunity to learn how to sail in order to learn life-changing leadership and personal skills."

Boitumelo sailed from China to the US. Source: Clipper Round The World

Boitumelo sailed from China to the US. Source: Clipper Round The World

Boitumelo seized this exciting opportunity two years ago and sailed on a yacht from China to Seattle, US.

Racing across one of the most challenging oceans in the world greatly improved her personal confidence and development.

This experience changed her life completely. She finally passed her matric and after completing a health course, is now a proud health professional based in Pretoria.

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Boitumelo is now a Rainbow Foundation ambassador. She uses this role to inspire others from difficult backgrounds to never give up.

In a recent video shared online, the 23-year-old thanked the Foundation for changing her life. She said:

The organisation has changed my life. They assisted me in re-writing my matric where I had failed it five times before and they assisted me in studying in the Health department where I took my basic Ambulance Assistant (course).
I was so excited to register with the Health Professional Council of South Africa and I’m now a professional.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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