Made for More article 

The Made for More foundation was established in 2016, their aim is providing  sports and mental health programmes at schools and homes for people with disabilities. Running exercise therapy sessions and coaching 3 sporting codes on a weekly basis including Wheelchair Basketball, Adaptive Soccer and Boccia (A Paralympic wheelchair sport). Adaptive surfing is their 4th sporting code that is run on a monthly basis purpose and they recently went to USA cali The SA team consisted of 7 surfers, 2 of which are part of the Made for More team in KZN

Overall, SA came 6th out 22 countries with a relatively small team of only 7 out of a possibility of 16 athletes. Sabelo Ngema from Made for More was the first Zulu to ever be a part of the Para Surfing team and the first member of his family to fly and travel overseas. We’ve seen his confidence grow dramatically as a result of this experience. Overall, the SA team brought home 2 silver medals and 2 bronze medals, one of those medals being Made for More’s very own Tracy Mckay. This was Tracy’s first World Para Surfing Championships, and for her to receive a silver medal was a mind blowing experiencing filled with emotions and tears of joy. 

 

Julia journey I went to the university of Stellenbosch and studied Sport Science majoring in Psychology. In our final year, we had to pick a second major between Coaching, Strength and Conditioning and Disabilities. During this time, we had a few South African Paralympic Athletes come and speak to us and share their journeys and testimony’s. I remember leaving that session, and going into my car and weeping at the realisation that these people were more whole than I was. They knew who they were, they had a plan and purpose and they were living it out for God. Shortly after this, I chose Disabilities as my second major and began to come alive and find my passion and purpose when working with these athletes with disabilities. I learnt so much about love, life and God through this season and through working with a young women in Khayamandi with polio of the spine. This is when I started dreaming about more access and opportunities for people with Disabilities in our country. 

The name Made for more originatedI believe that we are all created with a plan and a purpose. I think sometimes it’s easy for us to forget that we are ALL Made for More. More than this world, More than what the world says about us, More than we think of ourselves and more than we think we can be or achieve. I think our name is even more significant for people with disabilities who are often stigmatized into a bracket that says or even believes they are less, or that they can’t. At Made for More, we know that all people are born with a plan, passion and purppose, and it’s our job to come alongside them and help realise that they are MADE FOR MORE  

During lockdown COVID certainly turned things upside down but it also created new opportunities and ways of connecting with people that we would never have expected. The pivot to online content was initially to help people keep moving and remain encouraged during the initial 3 weeks of Lockdown. When it became clear that restrictions were going to remain in place, we put a plan in action to ensure that our beneficiaries had some way of connecting with our coach and remaining active whilst at home. Delivering food parcels was never in our plan for the year but an opportunity to distribute some parcels to those in need developed into a monthly activity. This provided us with the most amazing way to build relationships with the families of those with disabilities who we’d never met before.As a result of COVID, we were no longer able to serve at the schools and homes where we normally run our programmes. As a result, we started creating online exercise therapy and craft videos for our beneficiaries to access from home. Knowing that many of our beneficiaries don’t have the luxury of data to watch videos, we’ve also been distributing an exercise therapy and mental health activity booklet on a monthly basis since May. This has enabled us to still reach our participants despite regular coaching not taking place at their schools. During COVID we also saw the need to help our families living in informal settlements with masks, sanitizers and food parcels. Over the last 8 months, we were able to deliver 530 food parcels to 116 unique families in 31 communities.

Opportunity to build We’ve always loved the community of Amahlongwa. Our newest member to the team, Anele, also lives in the area and she played a pivotal role in helping us find this piece of land. Amazingly, we had favour from the Nduna (community leader) of the area who granted us permission to purchase the land when he heard our vision. We are the first non-residents to buy land in this community, so we feel incredibly blessed and honoured. 

The idea for a centre has always been in the MfM plans,  a dream of theirs since conception of the organisation and this year, in the midst of a pandemic, things just fell into place.

By Joel Magic & Jodie Kroone

 

 

 

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