- Sebastian started his own gang at the age of 10
- He used drugs and was almost killed
- He is now reformed and has started a project distributing shoes to needy children
A reformed gangster in Manenberg, Cape Town, is making a difference in his community by distributing shoes to kids who need them.
Speaking to Cape Argus, Sebastian Haricombe said his father's imprisonment 22 years ago affected him in a big way.
He became rebellious in school and soon lost his way in life.
At the age of 10 years old I started my own gang. I was expelled from school at 12 years old. It became my dream to also go to prison like my dad.
He started using drugs and almost lost his life four times because of gang violence. His dad was released in 2003. Soon afterwards, Sebastian met an elderly woman who changed his life.
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She called me into the house and asked me to attend a church service the coming Sunday. After that church service, I made a decision to change my life. I was 18 years old then and gave my heart to the Lord.
He described the day as the best in his life. Briefly.co.za learned that Sebastian started Project Hope seven years ago.
Through the project, he raises funds to buy shoes for less privileged children in his community. So far, he has provided 1,000 children with shoes.
Sebastian plans to donate 1,000 pairs of shoes to 22 schools. His mom and dad are also involved in the project.
Should you wish to donate to the project, please contact Sebastian on 063 776 4969.
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