- Cape Town-based Raees Jassiem, 7, has a passion for karate
- He's set to participate in a national tournament representing the Western Cape
- To raise funds for his equipment and entry fee, he resorted to selling atchar
A seven-year-old karate kid in Cape Town is so determined to participate in a national tournament that he is selling atchar to raise funds.
Raees Jassiem has a passion for karate after learning about the sport at the age of four, News24 reports. The proud holder of an orange belt said:
I love it because it teaches me discipline and I get to meet new people.
Raees was recently selected to represent Western Cape at a national tournament scheduled for end of October in Stellenbosch.
He needs around R8,000 for the entry fee and equipment. His hairstylist mom, Fazlin, could not afford the money.
A determined Raees therefore decided he would raise the funds by selling atchar and dried fruit.
The budding entrepreneur has raised an impressive R3,000 so far, Briefly.co.za learned. His trainer, Frank Brandon, has placed him in the the African Warriors of Light programme.
The programme will subsidise half of Raees' fees. Brandon added that he will definitely help Raees participate in a world tournament in Japan three years from now.
A proud Fazlin said her son has ambitions of becoming a black belt and traveling around the world.
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