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Eleven-year-old’s charity drive in full throttle




He asked if he could start a charity drive to raise money for causes that he felt strongly about.

So began “Jamie’s Charity Drive”, which to date has raised more than R35 000.

On a home-made video sent out to family and friends, the King David Primary School Sandton pupil asked people for donations.

In it, he said, “Hi guys, please support my charity drive. It’s for a very special cause. I’m going to kick it off with R500. Let’s do this together.”

He believes, “A little bit from a few goes a long way.”

So far, the money he has collected has been donated to four worthy charities chosen by him. They include Yad Aharon & Michael, the Banakekeleni Orphanage in Marlboro, Magical Moments, and a number of children he met while playing cricket.

The orphanage received much-needed winter clothes, blankets, and non-perishable foodstuffs. Money also went to repairing a water leak on the premises.

Kodesh helped to distribute money and food to Magical Moments, a non-profit organisation assisting underprivileged and vulnerable children in Johannesburg.

Helped by his mom, Ricci, he purchased Pick n Pay vouchers for several families of the children he has played cricket with over the years.

According to his mom, he didn’t expect to raise so much money, and is grateful to his family and friends for their support.

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