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Journey to Master Spelling Bee Campaign

Akaziwe Mdakane, fondly known as Zizi, is a Grade 7 student at Zuza Primary School in Madadeni, Newcastle, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. She is my dear niece. She is an extraordinary speller who clinched victory in the 2023 school spelling competition. Her dream? Qualifying and triumphing at the prestigious Master Spelling Bee.


She has suffered two tragedies this year, on the 1st February 2023, her beloved Grandmother passed away. On the 30th May 2023, tragedy struck again, as a house fire engulfed their home and reduced it to ashes. She, along with four family members, miraculously escaped through the windows. They were however left with only the clothes on their backs. As she was the last to flee, she suffered excessive smoke inhalation, and as a result spent time in ICU. 

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We're cheering for her, praying her dreams come true. To support her journey to spelling stardom, we need your help. Your generous donations will provide vital resources, training, and opportunities for for her to shine on the national stage. Her success will not only inspire  her to greater achievements in life, but also inspire her family, peers, and community, which is vital in creating resilience in pursuing dreams despite adversity.

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Let's come together to nurture this exceptional talent and secure her path to victory. Your support fuels a future spelling champion. Donate today and be part of this inspirational journey.

‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ – Nelson Mandela


Fundraising target

R 20 000.00

Donations to date

R 200.00

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Anonymous donated R 100 via Journey to Master Spelling Bee
10 Sep 2023 R 100
Anonymous donated R 100 via Journey to Master Spelling Bee
09 Sep 2023 R 100