His mother worked as a cleaner at the beach pool and would regularly take Philani with her. His love for the #ocean grew when he first saw a #surfer and decided he would become one, regardless of what both the black and white communities thought was fit for a young black boy. The local surfer he'd seen, Ricky, also believed #stoke should be shared and coached Philani. The dream was starting to come true as Philani became a promising #grom.
This came to a crashing halt when as a teen he lost both his parents. Philani stopped surfing, started drinking and acted like many other young men around him who had lost hope.
His love of the ocean and a strong sense of responsibility towards his younger siblings made him kick the habit and before turning twenty, Philani founded the #TrafalgarSurfClub to bring a "wave of hope" to other local kids experiencing hardship. 12 years on, the club is thriving with over 50 children involved, including three who are now qualified lifeguards.
In May, the club lost all its equipment in the wake of a criminal fire believed to be racially motivated. Thanks to donations, the club was able to replenish some of its boards and wetsuits stock, and four young club hopefuls managed to qualify to the @billabongsa @bosworld #SAJuniorChampionships taking place in October in #JBay. The club now needs R4850 for inscriptions alone and extra cash for transportation and accommodation. If there ever was a worthwhile cause, Trafalgar Surf Club is one!
Dig deep and share the #aloha now!
The Genesis Trust
Nedbank Current Account
Branch code 198765
Account number: 1397063130
Reference: Philani Sikobi Surf school
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