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Jonathan Smith’s family have employed Robert for the last 15 years, and to reward his recent graduation from law school, they started raising funds to surprise him with a car.


Pretoria, South Africa (22 February 2021) – Born into an underprivileged family, Robert Maposa, age 43, from Mamelodi East, Pretoria learned to make the most out of his limited opportunities.

Determined to build a better life for his wife, Hitahlula, and their two sons, Wonderful and Timothy, Robert worked as a gardener and did odd jobs to put himself through matric at 28. He then went on to study for a law degree.

Despite the obstacles in his path, Robert exceeded all expectations, passing his LLB degree from UNISA with distinction.

Finding a job has proven difficult without a vehicle of his own. Jonathan Smith, age 23, has known Robert for the past 15 years and hopes to make the difference. Robert has worked for Jonathan’s family, which is why he launched a crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy. He wanted to surprise Robert with a second-hand car to expand his work opportunities as he prepares for his board exams.

“I have been so fortunate to grow up around Robert, when I was younger he would tell me stories and let me help in the garden. As I’ve grown, I’ve learned to appreciate his kind spirit even more and I couldn’t be prouder of what he has achieved. I know given the slightest chance that he will be a major success” – says Jonathan.

Overwhelmed with support, Jonathan’s campaign to purchase a set of wheels for Robert has raised over R42 000 towards the fundraising target of R60 000 with contributions from 85 donors.

“We are so excited to read Robert the messages of support he has received and let him know that we have been raising funds for a car for him in ‘secret’. He has worked so hard and so diligently for so long, he really deserves all the praise” – says Jonathan.

Jonathan says additional funds raised by the campaign will be used to purchase Robert a laptop and smart work clothes as he begins his professional career.

You can help them reach the final amount by supporting the crowdfund here.

Sources: BackaBuddy – Supplied
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