Bokang Mosia is an eight-year-old boy with a drive to help less fortunate children through his initiative, Bokang Blanket Drive.
He’s our inspiration for today & we’re sure he could be yours to! He’s our CEO of giving… South Africa’s very own kid president! He is also the Lead SA Youth Hero for July 2015.
Bokang has endured more than most kids his age – he had a brain tumor and numerous operations later, was on his way to a check-up when he noticed young kids sleeping on cardboard and plastic bags. He was inspired to collect blankets and food for the needy children.
It was on a regular journeys to & from Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital for cancer treatments that the 6 years old at the time, told his mother:
“If we see someone in need, we should give them something.”
Bokang was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in 2013 & underwent an operation. It was during trips for the subsequent chemotherapy and radiation treatments that he would see children sleeping on cardboard and plastic bags on the pavements of Joburg.
Knowing there was a need for warmth inspired him to start up a collection this year, two years after his treatment sessions. Bokang approached family and friends to knit and donate blankets, beanies and clothing.
He approached family, friends, women who knitted, and people his dad worked with. He managed to collect 60 blankets which he distributed on Youth Day 2015. These blankets were given out at Usindiso Ministries (a shelter in Johannesburg), Ikusasa Lethu (an NGO in Soweto) and to a granny in Pimville who out of her goodness of her heart takes care of kids.
“The boy is just amazing. He is a smart and happy boy who loves to play and give. You cannot drive anywhere with him and pass homeless people or children without giving them anything. He has been like that since he was a small boy,” said Bokang’s proud father.
Bokang ran a second collection drive and managed to gather up jerseys, beanies and socks for Thembalethu Combined School in Eikenhof on Mandela Day.
“All I want to do is donate, donate, donate.”