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Nellie's Education Fund

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I, Nickey Seger, South Africa’s first female Navy Diver, qualified, 13 December 1996, 4 x Iron Man finisher and only 1 of 2 South African women selected to represent the country in the 35-39 age group long-distance World Triathlon Championship in Germany 2010 also being an experienced fitness specialist, wellbeing coach, and optimist.

I am also an entrepreneur and business owner of Curves for Women in Strubensvalley, where women are provided a safe and comfortable environment to do the work to achieve their fitness and well-being goals.

Throughout my life, I have been exposed to and pushed back against gender norms and stereotypes. From a young age, I made it my personal mission to, when hearing something was “not for women” that led me to make some interesting career choices in male-dominated industries, in doing so share my story to inspire other women to believe they can do anything they put their mind to.

In 2005 I met Goodwill while working together at Scuba City in Ferndale. Despite being disabled after a near-fatal taxi accident, I saw huge potential in him and decided to write in for a 94.7 Christmas wish every year for 3 years until he and his family was chosen.

As part of the wish, his daughter Nellie’s school fees were paid for 1 year at a private school in Cosmo City. After a year Goodwill had no option but to put Nellie back into a government school because he could not afford the Private school fees at the time. One day, while chatting to Nellie, I was horrified to hear that the kids in her class were fighting about who was allowed to sell drugs in the grade 3 class. It was then that I decided to step in and pay for Nellie’s school fees at a private school until she finished grade 12. Despite the ups and downs of owning my own business, I kept my promise, and Nellie, now in her final year of High School. Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its devastating impact on my business, I am now unable to pay for Nellie’s final year of tuition.

For this reason, I am reaching out to all South Africans to help Nellie finish her schooling while demonstrating to the country that “the power of a promise matters” no matter your circumstances, one can always rise above it and make a plan and maintain one’s integrity. From 1-14 February 2022, I commit to running a half marathon for 14 consecutive days to raise funds for Nellie’s school fees and give a new spin of what love can look like during the month of love. Nellie`s tuition for this year is R75,600 or R6300.00 per month.

For me to pay for Nellie`s school fees the daily goal is to raise R5400.00 which is R258.00 per km. However, any donation small or large will be welcomed. Should I raise more than the campaign goal, the additional money will be put into a fund for any additional schooling expenses for 2022? So, this February, show me some love, as I live up to my value of integrity and help me reach my goal to help Nellie finish her final year of school.

Nellie is 18 years old and extremely excited to start grade 12. Her lifelong dream after grade 12 is to obtain her degree in nursing as she is passionate about helping people and us getting her to her completing her national senior certificate would be the next step in realizing her dream.

Any additional funds raised by this campaign, will be used to support Nellie’s tertiary education and help her realize her dream of becoming a nurse. Please consider pledging a monthly donation for the next 12 months so that we can walk alongside her on this journey.

 

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Donations

  • Mar 13, 2022 - USD $ 26.10
  • "Beautiful reason to donate - and wouldn’t expect anything less from such an amazing friend all the best Nix " - Jane Doig

  • Feb 15, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Heroes with capes can save lives. Heroes with running shoes can create futures. Nickey, you are extraordinary & u have created something truly magnificent. Nellie, all the best 4 your matric & future." - Ridwaan

  • Feb 15, 2022 - USD $ 32.84
  • "Wonderfully heartwarming initiative. Go get them, Nellie! " - Elise

  • Feb 08, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Inspiring

    " - Douw

  • Feb 08, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Nickey may you be blessed for the impact you have made. Nellie, all the best for the finalYear of school!

    " - Pravi

  • Feb 04, 2022 - USD $ 32.59
  • "South Africa is the great country it is exactly because of people like you, Nickey. Best of luck to you and Nellie. The future of our amazing country. God bless" - Simon Alger

  • Feb 03, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Praying that you and Nellie continue to be abundantly blessed by the Almighty

    " - Yours in spirit

  • Feb 02, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "All the best for your studies" - Cohens

  • Feb 02, 2022 - USD $ 13.11
  • "Good luck Nellie, have an amazing matrix year. " - Sarah

  • Feb 01, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "Best wishes!" - Nhlanhla Mkhize

  • Feb 01, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "

    Nellie. May your future be prosperous. There are so many people around you that are routing for you.

    " - Cassandra

  • Feb 01, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "I love seeing such kindness! It will be amazing if donations can reach a point where it will help with her university." - Janica Maritz

  • Jan 31, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "God bless you" - Phil

  • Jan 31, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "Make us proud Nellie" - Blessing

  • Jan 31, 2022 - R 300.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Jan 31, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Jan 31, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Jan 31, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Jan 31, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Jan 31, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Jan 31, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Jan 31, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Anonymous" - Snapscan

  • Jan 31, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "

    Nellie make this count for all the woman of SA and pay it forward! Best of luck for your final year! Nicky you are a superstar! Much love to you both.

    " - Adi Fowler

  • Jan 31, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "

    Go well to both of you. Love nad support from Stellenbosch

    " - Mark Tobin

  • Jan 31, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "

    Amazing! Backing you all the way!

    " - Nida

  • Jan 31, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Wishing you all the best.

    " - J Meyers

  • Jan 31, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Well done Nicky. This world needs people like you. Education is essential to make a difference.

    " - Nils Lutz

  • Jan 30, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Hats off to you ladies, and to Nellies dad. May all three of you be abundantly blessed. " - Vi

  • Jan 30, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "I’m a retired nurse and want to help " - Dee

  • Jan 29, 2022 - R 250.00
  • "All the best for your future" - Anonymous

  • Jan 29, 2022 - USD $ 6.78
  • "Education is your key to opportunity " - Liam

  • Jan 28, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Finding a way to honour a commitment - tremendous respect. " - Allison

  • Jan 28, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Amazing stuff! We love to see it " - Andy

  • Jan 28, 2022 - USD $ 32.33
  • "What a beautiful act of selflessness, Nickey. Thank you. Best of luck with your runs. And all the best too to Nellie with school, and beyond" - Xan Rice

  • Jan 28, 2022 - R 750.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Jan 28, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "

    God bless you Nickey....all the best Nellie

    " - Patience

  • Jan 28, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "

    Keep Dreams Alive, Pass Blessings Forward..

    " - WERNER

  • Jan 28, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "

    Well done Nickey for this great initiative. Good luck!

    " - Neil van Niekerk

  • Jan 28, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Best of luck and follow you dreams

    " - Anon

  • Jan 28, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "

    You're an awesome coach and a very lucky Nellie and family to have found you . Wish you all the best in your final year.

    " - Debby

  • Jan 28, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Hope there are many more people like you" - Bates

  • Jan 28, 2022 - R 10 000.00
  • "

    Nellie, good luck for grade 12 and wish you all the best for your future endeavours. Nickey, thank you and god bless.

    " - Nagesh Rugbar

  • Jan 28, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "I looked around and wondered why someone didn’t do something about that, then I realized I am someone" - SMF

  • Jan 28, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thanks" - H Nel

  • Jan 28, 2022 - USD $ 6.53
  • "You are Amazing, keep up the good work! " - Devan

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "Heart warming story! Keep going Nellie! " - Anonymous

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Amazing story!! well done!!" - Sivuyile

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "You're both amazing!" - Gugu

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Well done Nicky and Nellie. You are an inspiration to us all. " - Paul and Eileen

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Truly inspiring" - Myles Holloway

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck, study hard! " - Louis Oelofse

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Surely goodness and mercy will follow you all days of your life. " - Thando Mabuza

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "God bless you Nellie & Nickey" - Colette

  • Jan 27, 2022 - USD $ 33.46
  • "Donating in the hope that even if the school fees are paid, we can contribute to Nellie's studies for her chosen career path. All the best to both of you!" - Cassandra

  • Jan 27, 2022 - USD $ 32.63
  • "Truly wonderful and inspiring story. Best of luck. " - Brendon

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Love how you’re honouring your commitment! God bless" - James

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Such a wonderful story! " - Amy

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Keep up the good work" - Gerhard

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Duty, love and generosity. Values to live by. In memory of my dad." - L Ackermann

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "What an inspiration!" - A Barnard

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "I just love this. Good luck to you both xxx" - Lisa Coventry

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Keep fighting the good fight. Success and blessings to you Nellie, Nickey and everyone else involved." - Mthunzi

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you for inspiring hope" - Roy

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck and all the best!" - Anonymous

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Well done to both of you, feeling humbled to be able to share in your future. " - Diane

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "To the power of a promise" - Ayanda

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "May you both achieve your goals, a promise is a promise." - Stacey

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "It takes a village." - Anonymous

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "All the best Nellie. Bucket you are an inspiration " - Tammy

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 5 000.00
  • "It takes a village to raise a child. You are inspirational!!! " - Anonymous

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "

    Goodluck and all the best

    " - Ronelle

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Inspirational for making someone’s life better." - Mandy Watson

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Blessings for a bright future. So much respect for Nicky. " - Lisa

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "Fantastic initiative and glad to help Nellie realize her dream." - Justin

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "Nicky you rock!!!!🥳🥳🥳" - Glenda Williams-Sekwale

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thank you Nickey for your generosity and for allowing us to partake as well. May God bless you" - Mbuso Zulu

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "From a fellow runner - kudos on this incredible initiative and I hope you reach your target on both. " - Jarrod

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Success to you both" - Karel

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 5 000.00
  • "Nurse of 40 years, go girl." - Annette

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "Teaching integrity to the youth and that a promise is a promise is something many need to learn" - Anonymous

  • Jan 27, 2022 - USD $ 65.26
  • "What an inspiration you are Nickey and good luck for your matric year Nellie" - Karen

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Wishing you a successful matric year" - Linda Clark

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "You go Ladies! Nickey, you are the wind beneath Nellie's wings. May she fly high. Pay it forward when you can Nellie. We are humbled to be able to help you on your journey. Big hugs and love." - Fi and Ian

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Power to you" - Anonymous

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "May this also goes towards your higher education! God bless you all! " - iGolf

  • Jan 27, 2022 - USD $ 33.78
  • "What an inspiration! Thanks for reminding me of human goodness. " - Devlin Lindeque

  • Jan 27, 2022 - USD $ 50.00
  • "Beautiful cause " - Sarah Ciambrone

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "For a fantastic cause!" - Reine Baumann

  • Jan 27, 2022 - USD $ 13.05
  • "Community first" - Community first

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "Nickey you are incredible, Nellie you are the future Of SAWishing you huge success with your studies. God Bless you both. Xx" - Mark & Jo Durban

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck to you both!" - Anonymous

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "You are doing a great thing and hopefully my small contribution will make a difference." - Percy Naidoo

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "Godspeed and God bless" - Anonymous

  • Jan 27, 2022 - USD $ 13.05
  • "Good luck to you both!! " - Anon

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 5 000.00
  • "admirable" - Jessica Clarke

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "What an inspiration!! " - Colleen

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Love what you are doing" - Sue Adams

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "All the best for Matric" - Tanya

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "This is such a good idea. If all South Africa’s gave of their time and money for education we would goFar" - fran

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you Nicky.. " - Simply Grace

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "May she prosper." - TG

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Nearly there! Well done and THANK YOU! And, good luck, Nellie." - Manuel de Anrade

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Wishing you both the very best." - Cantankerous

  • Jan 27, 2022 - USD $ 65.26
  • "2 very strong and capable women!" - Annaline du Toit

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 2 500.00
  • "Good luck Nellie" - Anonymous

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Wish you all the best with your studies Nellie" - Phihlelo

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "🤲🤲" - Anonymous

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "What a wonderful heart you have Nickey..... Good Luck Nellie! " - Anonymous

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 300.00
  • "Good luck Nellie. Go out and make a difference in the world. " - Phillip

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good luck with your journey " - Anonymous

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 300.00
  • "Good luck!" - Anonymous

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "May God be with every step of the way and may He bless the ground you tred on." - Anon

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 10 000.00
  • "Our country needs more of this.." - Peter

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 5 000.00
  • "Good luck" - Anon

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good luck" - Anonymous

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Good luck and well done" - Amanda

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Kindness pays" - Debbie

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck" - Anon

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "All the Best Nellie" - Anna

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thank you" - AB

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Great cause, wish you both the best of luck!" - Anks

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Small contribution to a big dream. Good luck and may Nellie's dreams come true. " - Africa Centre for WorkBased Learning

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Amazing committment tomeach other. Keep going Nelly & Nickey" - Kemmy

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Great initiative " - Anonymous

  • Jan 27, 2022 - USD $ 64.02
  • "Just amazing! " - Tam Goldin

  • Jan 26, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Jan 26, 2022 - R 150.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Jan 26, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Jan 26, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "

    Good luck, stay positive

    " - Zain

  • Jan 26, 2022 - USD $ 32.82
  • "Well done! " - Kriss Landin

  • Jan 26, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Best of luck to you both, may it be a prosperous year ahead x " - Alex Hope-Bailie

  • Jan 26, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "A promise is a promise. Heartwarming! " - Riette Botes

  • Jan 25, 2022 - USD $ 32.75
  • "All the best Nellie " - AG

  • Jan 25, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good luck for you marathon of half marathons and good luck for Matric." - SlowCoach

  • Jan 25, 2022 - R 300.00
  • "Good luck and what a remarkable story " - Anonymous

  • Jan 25, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "It takes a village " - Melissa H

  • Jan 25, 2022 - USD $ 13.10
  • "Sending love" - Cathryn

  • Jan 25, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck" - Anonymous

  • Jan 25, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Jan 25, 2022 - USD $ 13.64
  • "All the best Nellie" - Gayle Olivier

  • Jan 24, 2022 - USD $ 30.00
  • "Hope this helps" - Rod Hooks

  • Jan 24, 2022 - USD $ 33.13
  • "Good luck with your running Nickey! Will be with you in spirit, you're just incredible!! " - Nicky Taylor

  • Jan 24, 2022 - USD $ 66.25
  • "Good luck. " - Kelly

  • Jan 21, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Hey Nickey. Good luck with all that you’re doing. Hope this helps " - Kevin Brit

  • Jan 20, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "

    May God truly bless you and may Nellie finish strong. Be blessed.

    " - Vish

  • Jan 19, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Nellie all the best for your last year and the future ahead. Nickey is an amazing mentor " - Jo-Ann Buckle

  • Jan 18, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Strengths and all the best. " - WISH I could pay it all but every bit helps

  • Jan 18, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Against Mr Fox's wishers R500 is from him. The Finnegans have added an additional R500." - Susan Finnegan

  • Jan 18, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "

    Sending good luck vibes for your final year of school Nellie. You`ve got this!

    " - Freddy Smuts

  • Jan 18, 2022 - R 258.00
  • "

    Believe in the power of Pray

    " - Charlene

  • Jan 18, 2022 - R 1 210.00
  • "

    Best of luck Nellie - Believing in your dreams is the only way to reach your destination

    " - Michael Fox

  • Jan 18, 2022 - R 6 500.00
  • "

    Nellie, with someone of integrity like Nicky behind you, the world is your oyster, work hard to achieve the best results possible and you can do anything you put your mind to.

    " - AmandavanR

  • Jan 18, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "All the best Nellie." - Sharon Oosterberg

  • Jan 18, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "God bless" - Anonymous

  • Jan 17, 2022 - R 1 500.00
  • "All the best Nellie" - Anonymous

  • Jan 17, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Good cause Nickey and all the best to Nellie " - Busi

  • Jan 17, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "All the best" - Anon

  • Jan 17, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "

    All the best

    " - Anonymous

  • Jan 17, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "

    Good luck Nellie - you are proof that dreams can be achieved. Nicky you are an absolutely awesome women . God Bless you

    " - MarieW

  • Jan 15, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Wonderful cause!" - Diane Williams

  • Jan 15, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "I wish you all the luck Nellie! I take my hat off to you Nickey, wish we had more people out there like you - the world would be such a better place. " - Odette

  • Jan 15, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Wish you all the best for your last year and your future," - julia

  • Jan 15, 2022 - R 750.00
  • "All the best for Matric, Nellie! You are an amazing person, Nickey!!" - Lyndsey

  • Jan 15, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "All the best Nellie! Reach for your dreams x" - Nivashnee Naidu

  • Jan 15, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Nellie go live your dream. The Healthcare profession needs people like you, someone who really wants to nurse and care for patients" - Carika

  • Jan 14, 2022 - USD $ 64.89
  • "All the best x" - Candicd

  • Jan 14, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Keep up the good work Nellie" - Mamma G

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In 2005 I met Goodwill while working together at Scuba City in Ferndale. Despite being disabled after a near-fatal taxi accident, Roodekrans, Gauteng.

As part of the wish, his daughter Nellie’s school fees were paid for 1 year at a private school in Cosmo City.

Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its devastating impact on my business, I am now unable to pay for Nellie’s final year of tuition.

Nellie`s tuition for this year is R75,600 or R6300.00 per month.