- Qaphela Gobodo was a talented rugby player who earned a scholarship due to his talent
- Tragedy struck a few years ago when he was set alight following a fire at his school
- The youngster has turned his life around and has received the wonderful news that he'll be getting a sponsored trip to Japan to watch the Springboks at their World Cup semi-final
Qaphela Gobodo's story is as heart-breaking as it is inspirational.
The teenager had the world at his feet as he earned a scholarship due to his precocious rugby ability.
However, his life would take a dramatic change as tragedy struck one day at school.
Qaphela left class to go to the loo, but was allegedly struck over the head and set alight.
News of the tragedy spread like wildfire as the talented rugby player suffered terrible burns.
However, the courageous youngster refused to let his situation get the better of him as he turned his life around.
Briefly.co.za understands that Qaphela has found his calling as a motivational speaker.
He also recently received the incredible news that he'd be afforded the opportunity of a lifetime to watch the Springboks at the World Cup in Japan.
HEINEKEN South Africa learnt of Qaphela's plight via social media and wanted to make a difference in his life.
Corporate Affairs Director, Millicent Maroga, said: “Qaphela’s story really inspired us. This young man has experienced much adversity, but refuses to give up or let his circumstances get him down.”
Maroga added, “He might not be on the field in this Rugby World Cup, but we hope the opportunity to watch his rugby heroes battle it out on the sport’s biggest stage will inspire him to have the courage to pursue all his ambitions.”
Qaphela will have a weekend to remember as he braces himself to watch the crunch match between South Africa and Wales, as well as the other semi between New Zealand and England.
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