Persistence is what it takes

Merriam, 16 years old – from Moshate/Limpopo Province

When my team of Moshate first qualified for the SCORE International Cup of Heroes in 2014 we were thrilled and happy because we worked hard to be one of the twelve finalist communities. We had no idea that it would be so much work, but we followed every instruction that the program package instructed. We managed to win the Volleyball and one of our team mates – Kgothatso Mokhonoana – got the trophy for Community Volunteer of the year 2014. In total though, we finished 12th … but we were not bitter about it, we just knew that next time we need to work even harder.

So for the Cup of Heroes 2015, we started earlier with our preparations and worked really hard as a team to qualify. We met almost every day and sometimes even on the weekends to keep the spirit alive. We trained kids to be coordinators, administrators and how to become part of the committees – that way when we made it to Cup of Heroes everyone knew what to do.

We had a mission and so much spirit for the 2015 tournament.

We had one goal in mind and that was to win the Cup of Heroes! And we did!