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An 11-year-old in Irene has been learning how to run his own business and giving back to deserving causes; he has chosen to support the Hennops Revival, committing to put away 10% of his earnings each month.


Irene, South Africa (13 March 2023) – Tarryn Johnston took to the Hennops Revival group to share an uplifting story about an 11-year-old that reached out to her, to lend a helping hand. The business-minded young man has been working towards his personal goals and with them accomplished, he now hopes to support the clean-up efforts along the Hennops river.

Hennops Revival” was founded by Tarryn Johnston in 2019 after a devastating flood destroyed large areas of land surrounding the Hennops River, but it is the Active Citizenship of South Africans that is keeping this incredible clean-up initiative going.

“What started out as a single mother hosting a once-off river clean-up has developed in ways I never imagined, including global recognition! I certainly did not see this coming, but here it is,” Johnston explained to CBN.

Her efforts have continued to inspire the community. Hundreds of people have joined in to lend a helping hand; including an 11-year-old who has chosen the project as his cause to champion.

Tarryn shared that the young man’s parents have been teaching him the value of hard work and community by helping him establish two businesses and take part in community cleanup efforts. The young man had hoped to purchase a computer and so, the family started working on business plans to make it happen.

The 11-year-old started selling used golf balls and making earthworm tea for gardeners. He was able to fully fund his computer using his profits. Once his goal had been achieved, he asked his parents if he could help more with the Hennops Revival.

“Through our social media presence and regular cleanup activities, this dear boy caught sight of our plight to save the #Hennops River and create jobs in doing so, he set aside 10% of his income to donate towards the cleaning of His River, Our River, Your River!

Chatting with his Mother she told me that they had helped him to start two ventures when he needed a computer for school in 2022.” – Tarryn Johnston

His mom explained that these business ventures taught him how to responsibally work with money. Seeing that he had enough to make a difference, inspired his next steps. The mom shared that his next goal is the orthodontist but with money to spare, there is always room to do a little good.

“Through these ventures his computer was paid off at the beginning of 2023 and now we are putting away two thirds for his orthodontics.

As parents we want to teach him about working with money. Empowering him to realise that hard work and sticking it out will pay off.

But more importantly that with money comes a responsibility to use it wisely. Not to have a scarcity mentality but to give because you trust.

And in a world driven by instant gratification, we want to teach him to be patient and save, and invest.
He thought that the river revival is a very good and promising investment. And I agree!”

Tarryn was left in awe of his wishes to contribute to the Hennops Revival. He wrote her a letter explaining that he too hopes to be a conservationist some day. With his drive to make such a difference at such a young age, we have no doubt his dream will become a reality.

You can find out more about the Hennops Revival via Facebook here.

Sources: Hennops Revival
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