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Help Get Noluthando to World Champs Campaign

My name is Camila Menell. I have been a para surf coach for the last 5 years and have met many inspiring individuals along the way. One of them being Noluthando. I have taken it upon myself to help Noluthando fundraise to help get her to World Para Surf Championships this November, in Huntington Beach, California. I have worked with adaptive surfing since the Roxy Davis Foundation started. It has been one of my greatest privileges as it has not only opened my eyes to the incredible talent of para surfing but most importantly through this I have helped spread awareness to para surfing as well as be a part of bridging the gap between land and ocean. Bringing about social change, inclusivity and transformation to a sport you love is incredibly important. The world we are living in is full of barriers to accessibility and having seen what surfing has brought to the lives of Nolu and others has been truly inspirational. I hope that together, Nolu and I can raise enough funds to get her across the world to represent her country once again and make her dreams come true. 

Nolu will introduce herself below: 

I am Noluthando Makalima and I am from Khayelitsha, Western Cape. 
Please help me get to World Para Surf Champs taking place in California, this November. I would love the opportunity to carry on my purpose to be a role model to other disabled people and to break down the stigmas of disability in my community. 

I have been chosen to represent South Africa for the 3rd time. I am a young woman living with Cerebral Palsy in a township of South Africa. I have had to face many hardships in my life but when I am surfing, it is as if they all disappear for that moment in time. I began surfing in 2014 and have continued to grow in the sport that I love. Surfing is more than just a sport to me, it is my therapy. Being someone who lives with Cerebral Palsy, I often have to rely on my wheelchair and when I am feeling strong enough, I use my crutches. 

I did not know that it was possible for me to surf but the Roxy Davis Foundation has played the biggest role in making this possible for me. I have a community of amazing coaches and mentors who continue to help me improve and share more awareness on adaptive surfing and surf therapy. 

I have placed in several competitions over the years and placed silver at World Champs in 2021 and bronze in 2023. This year I want to win gold, so that I can prove to people who are disabled and those who are not, that just because you are disabled it doesn't mean that you have to just sit at home and not have dreams. 

I have to raise these funds because surfing is not a sponsored sport in our country, as well as for many others. Most of all, I am a single mother, unemployed and living in one of South Africa's largest, poverty-stricken townships. I live on a government grant which helps me provide for my family. Despite this, I always make it to my surf training because it helps me live my dream. I want to continue to help others and inspire others like me. 

The amount seen in this campaign is going towards flights to California, accommodation for the duration of the competition, the competition registration fee, food for me and an assistant. I cannot travel alone and need an assistant so I have to fundraise for myself and that aid.

If I do not manage to raise all the costs necessary, I will be donating the funds received to two organisations who dedicate their work to surf therapy and breaking down the barriers to accessibility. The Roxy Davis Foundation and Made for More Foundation.

Please spread the word, share my story and be apart of the change.

Bank Details for donations:
Ms CJ Menell-Miranda
Standard Bank 
Account Number: 27 160 558 8 

For any questions or other form of payments please contact: +27 76 157 3390


Fundraising target

R 140 000.00

Donations to date

R 0.00

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