“EDUCATION IS THE MOST POWERFUL TOOL WITH WHICH ONE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.” NELSON MANDELA
The TAG Foundation started off as a small annual shindig for good friends, with an added bonus of raising money for people in need of a little help. I am delighted to say that it has become a large fundraiser (still with good friends) supporting 31 boys and all their educational needs at one of South Africa’s most renowned and reputable schools, King Edward VII in Houghton (KES).
Our 31 TAG boys, as they are affectionately known are all individual characters that have grown up with their own challenges, they have however to a large degree overcome these and are all making the most out of their five year tenure at KES. Our first TAG Foundation graduate is now a third year student at NMMU and all things being equal should finish his undergraduate degree this year. All of these boys would otherwise not be in a position to attend such a fine school and afford their fees. What is most pleasing is seeing just what these boys can achieve academically given an opportunity that our friends and supporters have provided them with. The TAG foundation is merely a conduit, the real heroes are our legendary supporters who year after year not only attend the function but also give most generously in order to ensure that we can meet our obligation in terms of the school and boarding fees. The other heroes are our generous suppliers who continue to give us unbelievable prizes that we are able to auction off in order to raise the necessary funds. We really are very lucky. None of what we do would be possible without their commitment and support to this very worthy cause.
It is a privilege to watch these young men grow up and we are proud that we are preparing these young men for life – to be successful, considerate and well-mannered young South African men.
This year’s target is R2 million (two million) which is our biggest challenge yet but one that I am sure we can achieve. It is important to note that every single cent raised goes to the boys and any educational needs that they may have.