Charles Smith met a young man with a simple but important dream, Simon Jack just wished he could play rugby so Charles shared his story…


Bloemfontein, South Africa – Charles Smith shared an inspiring story on his Facebook about Simon Jack, a young man with a big dream. If Charles Smith seems familiar, that is because in October 2018, he shared another inspiring story that led to an incredibly cool job.

Charles discovered Seun Diphoko’s talent for building wire cars. He was drawn to the creative entrepreneur and his ability to build John Deere Tractors and South African Police Service vehicles.

Intrigued by the talent, Charles wrote a story about Seun for the Volksblad. The story caught peoples attention and soon they started placing orders with Seun. Charles’ story led to Seun getting a job to modify a car for a young girls matric dance. You can read the full story here.

Fast-forward to December, Charles met Simon Jack and knew he needed to do everything in his power to help him reach his dreams.

“Your dreams can come true in the country. When I met Simon Jack one day before Christmas at a neighboring farm, he was down and out.”

Charles could see he needed some support and decided to help by sharing his story. Through the connections he has, Simon was offered a job and got to join a local rugby club.

“He didn’t have food, his dogs ran away and he was a herdsman on a farm with a house without power. But he had a dream – to play rugby. He is an orphan with only his dogs as friends. A few people gave him a chance and he chose the Kimberley club where chairman Pieter Streak also offered him a job in his butchery.”

Charles went to watch Simon play his first match and took a snap of him, beaming with joy because he gets to live out his dream.

“He grows bigger and stronger. In his head he is no longer an orphan without a home. He is part of a group of brothers who practice and jol. There is a long road ahead. But he got a chance and grabbed it. Here is Simon (right) with a teammate half time. It was two months after he was down and out. He is a man in the making.”

Sources: Facebook
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