Anika Botha is a promising netball player who recently got added to her provincial team; her family are so proud and has started raising funds to send her on her first provincial tour.
Eastern Cape, South Africa (25 May 2023) – Anika Botha, a talented 15-year-old netball player, is seeing her hard work pay off in the best way, by being invited to join her provincial team. This is a massive accomplishment and her family is so proud.
Anika’s mother Shani played netball up to club level when she was younger and her father Jaco was a club netball coach, so it is safe to say the love for the sport runs in her blood.
When she got the news about being part of the provincial team, she was over the moon. One of the aspects of being on the team is to go on tours. This can be a costly exercise as participation isn’t covered by the province. Not one to be deterred by the additional financial obligation, Anika and her family started brainstorming ways to raise funds for the upcoming tour.
With permission from the Eastern Cape Schools Netball, the family started raising funds for the Tournament which will take place in Gauteng from the 23rd to the 30th of June this year. They needed to raise R9,500.
“Each of the participants benefits immensely by competing in netball at a national level. They are able to develop their interpersonal as well as netball skills with this exposure. In addition, for many of the players, it is the first opportunity they have ever had to travel and expand their horizons.
Due to the lack of funding from the Eastern Cape Schools Netball Association, it is the responsibility of each player and their parents to raise the funds needed for their child to participate in the tournament.” – Satara Ferreira, Secretary at Eastern Cape Schools Netball
First, Anika started making hair scrunchies and selling them to collect funds. Then she and Mom baked cupcakes and sold batches of six to add to the kitty. It became clear that while these methods were helping, they needed a helping hand.
A family message was sent out in the hopes that other members of the extended family could assist and again, this added to the now-growing tour fund but with time running out, their only hope has been to turn towards a crowdfund.
The family set up a fund on BackaBuddy to raise the remaining money needed to get Anika on her first-ever provincial tour. They are hoping to raise the remaining R7,000 which will go a long way to making her first tour a successful one!
“This dream is an important one and seeing the joy it brings Anika to play, it is a dream we are committed to supporting.
Any contribution would be greatly appreciated to help us reach this goal. We thank you!” – Tania Botha, Anika’s Grandmother
If you would like to support Anika’s first tour, you can do so here.