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Philani's American Dream

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Almost a year ago we launched a campaign to support a young man’s dream of studying towards a university degree.

Little did we realise that our patience and resilience would be tested in ways we could never have imagined as we navigated the impact of the Covid pandemic on Philani Simamane’s plans for his future.

Throughout the repeated lockdowns, travel restrictions, changes to the academic programmes and the host of other uncertainties that presented themselves, Philani has kept the faith and in a few short weeks will be winging his way to Life University in Marietta, Georgia in the United States!

Philani’s dream has long been to play rugby overseas and to use this talent the Lord has given him as a way to obtain a university degree. Coming from a financially challenged background Philani has been reliant on a scholarship to make this happen.

He has been blessed to have received a partial scholarship offer from LIFE University in the US but still needed to fund a significant portion of the costs himself, hence the reason for this campaign.

Philani attended Pelham Senior Primary School and later went on to high school at Maritzburg College in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

HIs leadership potential, work ethic, service-above-self ethos and the high regard that others hold him in led to him being appointed a school prefect at Maritzburg College for 2019. Philani completed his National Senior Certificate examinations at the end of 2019 with a bachelors pass. 

A talented sportsman, Philani played for Maritzburg College's 1st rugby side for 3 years, during which time he gained provincial age-group selection. He also captained the 1st Basketball team in his final year.

Watch Philani's 2017 & 2018 rugby highlights

Watch Philani's 2019 rugby highlights

A more humble, committed and engaging young man you would be hard-pressed to find and the way in which the local (and international!) community have responded and rallied behind making Philani’s dream a reality has been just inspiring to say the least.

The funds raised will go towards assisting Philani with costs relating to his visa application, flights and his annual tuition fees.

Flights, travel costs and visa costs : R30 000
University registration fees: R10 000
University fees contribution (freshmen): R80 000
University accommodation contribution: R80 000

Philani is due to report to Life University on 27th and 28th September 2021 for his academic orientation.

We would like to ask you to please make a donation to Philani’s appeal as a way of supporting his dream of a university degree.

Thank you.

 

We will continue to support and raise funding for Philani for his subsequent year's tuition and accommodation.

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Donations

  • Sep 08, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Chase your dreams!

    " - Anonymous

  • Aug 31, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "All the best cuz , God is with you. " - Ntombifikile Mshengu

  • Aug 30, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "All the best Philani. " - Bade

  • Aug 25, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "Philani, chase your dream with hard work and confidence, the Sky is the limit, all the best." - Lulu

  • Jul 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "All the best on your exciting adventure!" - Mike

  • Jul 09, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "All the best Philani." - Sihle Mkhize

  • May 28, 2021 - USD $ 94.47
  • "Enjoy the journey." - Anonymous

  • May 26, 2021 - USD $ 72.08
  • "Best of luck Philani. Reach out if you're ever in need!" - Justin Herrmann

  • May 19, 2021 - USD $ 142.74
  • "Good luck Philani!" - Anonymous

  • May 19, 2021 - USD $ 142.74
  • "Good luck Philani. Make the most of your chances but remember to look after you" - Anthony

  • May 12, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "

    Keep the College and SA flag flying high!

    " - Kristin van den Berg

  • May 11, 2021 - USD $ 356.04
  • "Best wishes along the journey, Philani!" - Anonymous

  • Apr 20, 2021 - R 4 500.00
  • "Good luck" - Justin Prozesky

  • Apr 06, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "

    All the best Philani

    " - Sven & Lou Wang

  • Apr 05, 2021 - USD $ 100.00
  • "Live the dream! Give it horns! Gooi mielies! :)" - Gavin Hibbert

  • Mar 30, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Congratulations Philani - "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela" - Bruce Jenkins

  • Mar 30, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Make us all proud, Good Luck and enjoy every moment. " - Tom & Nate Koller

  • Mar 30, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Smash it out the park!" - Kevin Backhouse

  • Mar 29, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Well Done Philani on getting this far, from parents of a College Boy we know how much further you will go!" - INSTANT TURF -FRED AND REHNA WOLLENTINE

  • Jan 09, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "May God continue to bless you brother" - Class of 2019

  • Dec 20, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "May the good Lord guide and protect you." - Faith Langa

  • Dec 20, 2020 - R 2 000.00
  • "All the best Philani" - Momncane Phindo

  • Dec 04, 2020 - R 600.00
  • "Philani - be a role model - grit through the tough times - I promise to pray for you" - Grant Bhekumuzi Edkins

  • Dec 04, 2020 - USD $ 147.73
  • "Keep your eye on the ball and make us all proud of you !" - Anon

  • Dec 02, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    Sky is the limit buddy

    " - Mbali Dlamino

  • Nov 29, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "You can’t control when the opportunity will come, but you can control that you’ll be ready for it. All the best" - Lappies

  • Nov 27, 2020 - USD $ 65.71
  • "Good luck and have a wonderful time in the US Philani!" - Louis Warner

  • Nov 26, 2020 - USD $ 66.70
  • "Life is a journey enriched by the places you go and the people you meet! Enjoy the US adventure!" - Clive Nethersole

  • Nov 25, 2020 - USD $ 65.12
  • "Good luck and enjoy this experience!!" - Richard Meinesz

  • Nov 23, 2020 - USD $ 65.11
  • "Good luck and enjoy the US" - James Hart

  • Nov 22, 2020 - USD $ 250.00
  • "Well done and good luck!" - Bob Haswell

  • Nov 20, 2020 - R 800.00
  • "All the best on your US journey" - Bheki Nzama

  • Nov 18, 2020 - R 600.00
  • "You are a success already cousin, all the best" - Lunga Mkhize

  • Nov 16, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Congrats cuz, proud of u stay humble and keep on learning" - Sihle Zuma

  • Nov 13, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "So proud cuz, you got this! Walk into your destiny!" - Bellissima

  • Nov 13, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "#Never Stop Philani, never settle for less." - Thembela Foundation(Mr Thembela)

  • Nov 09, 2020 - USD $ 317.49
  • "Thrilled to be able to support you to reach for your dreams" - Rob Dunlop

  • Nov 07, 2020 - R 5 000.00
  • "God is able to do exceedingly more than our minds can think" - Busisiwe

  • Nov 03, 2020 - USD $ 61.66
  • ""All the best let's hope too see you in the Green and Gold one day"" - James Adie

  • Nov 02, 2020 - USD $ 12.29
  • "Chase your dreams and never lose hope! God bless" - Niels

  • Oct 31, 2020 - USD $ 7.00
  • "Good luck mate, hope it all works out - Thomas Moore" - Thomas Moore

  • Oct 30, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Let your light shine. " - Bukhosi Simamane

  • Oct 30, 2020 - USD $ 12.17
  • "Good luck brother, keep up the hard graft!" - Keegen Mingay

  • Oct 29, 2020 - USD $ 18.31
  • "Wish you all the best brother! " - Ntokozo Makhaza

  • Oct 29, 2020 - USD $ 91.53
  • "Wishing you much success!" - Ty Auntie

  • Oct 29, 2020 - USD $ 30.51
  • "All the best young man" - Nobody

  • Oct 29, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "From an Old Collegian - wishing you the best in every endeavour! Go well" - Anonymous

  • Oct 29, 2020 - USD $ 30.51
  • "All the best in your journey ahead. " - Keenan Carelse

  • Oct 29, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "From the SIRIPAT LIONS RUGBY CLUB - all the best on your journey Philani, stay true to your roots, be humble and become a role model for the kids who come after you. Education is the key to the future" - Siripat Lions Rugby Club

  • Oct 29, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "All the best!" - Wendy Gough

  • Oct 28, 2020 - USD $ 31.04
  • "All the best with this great opportunity!" - Rian Geldenhuys

  • Oct 28, 2020 - USD $ 198.63
  • "We are with you. " - Donovan Craig

  • Oct 28, 2020 - R 600.00
  • "Dream big Cuz, God is with you all the way." - Gcinile

  • Oct 27, 2020 - USD $ 61.53
  • "Blessings! " - Anon

  • Oct 26, 2020 - USD $ 123.56
  • "We would love to help you out when you get here " - Sean McGladdery

  • Oct 26, 2020 - USD $ 2 510.11
  • "The world meets nobody half way !" - Anonymous

  • Oct 26, 2020 - USD $ 123.56
  • "Good Luck and God Bless" - Darin

  • Oct 26, 2020 - USD $ 1 900.00
  • "Good Luck" - Anon

  • Oct 20, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck. " - Alan Martin

  • Oct 09, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "We are thrilled to be a part of your USA adventure, Philani! Wishing you every success! " - Andrew & Jennie Soden

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Donations to date

R 108 705.05

Fundraising target

R 200 000.00
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“Philani Simamane’s dream has always been to use the sporting talent the Lord blessed him with to further his education.
 
Philani is a hardworking, committed and humble young man from Pietermaritzburg in Kwazulu Natal whose attributes have most certainly contributed to his sporting successes and his leadership and academic development whilst at school at Maritzburg College.
 
He has now been given a life-changing opportunity to study overseas as part of a rugby scholarship but needs our help getting over the last hurdle and making this dream a reality.
 
Philani needs our help in raising a portion of his first year fees himself.
 
To read more on this campaign and to contribute to Philani’s dream please select the project below and then select the Donate option… “