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6 September 2010 – Bob Skinstad


Tafadzwa Mukwashi & Bob Skinstad

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” – RADMACHER

The last two months have been challenging to say the least, but to give up on that grid of 100 squares is not something that is going to happen just yet. The hope is that it will not actually take a literal century to paint 100 moments. The idea and motivation behind Facing a Century, how it came to be and why it is, is something I need to continually revisit. And by doing this, I believe the courage I need to continue on this trail I have chosen will quietly come.

The trail does continue, and today it took me to Newlands, Cape Town to meet with Bob Skinstad, the legendary former Springbok Captain, and Ron Rutland. The two are lifelong friends and the inspirational co-founders of the Bobs for Good Foundation (www.bobsforgoodfoundation.org). They are both slightly bigger than me.

Buying a shoe from Bobs for Good (www.bobsforgood.com) will not only give your feet quality, world-class apparel to step out in but it will also mean that you end up walking alongside Bob, Ron and the team behind the Bobs for Good Foundation. The goal of the Bobs for Good Foundation is to make sure that every child in South Africa owns their own pair of shoes. You buy a pair of shoes, they give away a pair of school shoes ie buy one, (someone else) get(s) one free.

Both Bob and Ron are both passionate about South Africa, and their time spent overseas had them longing to come back – which they did. They share a positive vision for their nation and realize that for it to become a reality, they have to get up and act. And so, as friends do, they came up with a scheme.

Bobs for Good is growing, and innovation is at its core. The latest pairs of school shoes will have safety reflectors on them and will come with fun road safety education packs that are area and language specific. This is all in an attempt to make the journey to school and back a safe one and is just one way in which they are trying to address the problem of child-pedestrian accidents on South African roads.

John Wooden said, “Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” Bob Skinstad is a man of great character and his moment in jail for Bobs for Good was definitely one worth celebrating in Facing a Century.

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-Taf

Featured Image: Tafadzwa Mukwashi & Bob Skinstad

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