Penny whistle
Photo Credit: Jacaranda Good Morning Angels

Marnus the 11-year-old penny whistler has inspired the nation and in return, his family are being helped back onto their feet after the harrowing pandemic.


Parys, South Africa (11 June 2021) – Since sharing the now-viral story of Marnus, the 11-year-old penny whistler from Parys, more people have asked to get involved in turning his family’s fortune around. Marnus went viral for using his penny whistle skills to busk for money to feed his struggling family.

A man on a trip to Parys heard the music. He reached out to the Jacaranda Good Morning Angels to share what he had learned from Marnus and mom Rianda. The man who has chosen to remain anonymous has changed this family’s life!

Marnus explained to the man that his family had fallen on hard times, and he was able to earn some money playing his penny whistle. His parents have both lost their jobs due to the pandemic and national lockdowns. Trying their best to cut costs, the family moved from Rustenburg to Parys and sold everything they owned that was valuable. Now that money has run out; they rely solely on Marnus while they look for new jobs.

The Good Morning Angels have secured a roof over the family’s heads by covering their rent for the next few months. Petri Venter, representing Econo Foods, also donated food parcels for the remainder of the year. First, the family will get a weekly R500 food hamper, delivered to Parys, until the end of the year (R15 000). Secondly, they will help cover Tienie’s PDP permit so he will be able to get back to work as a truck driver.

That was where the story ended but there have been some updates!

An anonymous donor has already paid R20 000 into the family bank account and Rianda has received it. The Angel has opted to remain anonymous. The team at Prestprops Real Estate (Jo-Ann Nel) have offered to assist the family with a donation of R10 000 towards necessities

And maybe the most exciting, Bernard Britt has offered his mom’s piano to Marnus – to pursue his music dream. Bernard says his mom passed away two years ago and he knows that she would be thrilled if her piano could give passionate musician like Marnus, the opportunity to play.

If anyone is able to assist, Bernard needs to get the piano from Benoni to Parys. If there are any Good Thing Guys that want to help, they can get in touch at

Sources: Good Morning Angels – Supplied
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