PUNCH YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS AT THE OVERSTRAND WHALE BOXING CLUB

“If you work hard in training, the fight is easy” Manny Pacquiao

The Overstrand Whale Boxing Club is situated in Zwelihle in Hermanus, in the Western Cape of Southern Africa.

The founder of OWBC, Mzi Damesi, has an insatiable passion for boxing. He coaches children who live in Zwelihle at the club, which is housed in shipping containers. This club is not only is the training ground for aspiring young boxers it is also a place of refuge. Mzi Damesi’s club keeps the children off the streets and out of harm’s way. The club has become a safe haven for many children.

Mzi Damesi has also taught the children that they can achieve anything if they work hard enough.

Many of his students have won prizes at national competitions. Training is one of the toughest aspects of boxing. The paces that fighters put themselves through just to ensure that they are in peak condition before a tournament is unimaginable.

In life as well as in the boxing ring, these young boxers are faced with enormous challenges.

The EMS Foundation has been a proud supporter of the Overstrand Whale Boxing Club for a while and this week they were delighted to deliver new equipment and boxing gear to the club.

Judging by their excited faces there are going to many more competitions won.

The EMS Foundation has delivered food to the OWBC throughout the COVID_19 global pandemic in order to support the club members and their families.

Cover Image: Elizabeth Steyn and Mzi Damesi

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EMS FOUNDATION CELEBRATES MANDELA DAY 2020

18TH JULY 2020

WHERE RAINBOWS MEET

“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same” Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela spent sixty-seven years of his life fighting for human rights. Mandela Day is an opportunity to remember him and to carry his legacy forward.

In honour of Nelson Mandela, the founder of the EMS Foundation, Elizabeth Steyn has delighted the smallest children in the care of the Non-Government Organisation called Where Rainbows Meet with warm jackets, hoodies and shoes.

Where Rainbows Meet is situated in Muizenberg in Cape Town, South Africa.  Their mission is to economically and socially empower the women, men and youth of informal settlement communities.   Their activities provide the different groups of the community of Vryground with information, education and support.  Their programs are designed so that the people are encouraged to take responsibility of their own lives, their families and the situation in the community.  

The community is offered the opportunity of learning new skills in order to decrease unemployment, which in turn will lower drug abuse, domestic violence, child neglect and other social skills. 

Founded in 2008 in the oldest informal settlement in the Western Cape, almost sixty percent of this community are victims of crime.  Where Rainbows Meet is empowering this community and the surrounding communities so that the members can live in dignity and security. 

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way it treats it’s children” Nelson Mandela

Image Credits: Nelson Mandela and Rita Miljo at Shambala Private Game Reserve

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THE MOSHIA SECONDARY SCHOOL PROJECT 2020 “Inspiring Greatness”

THE PROJECT IS PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY SHAMBALA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE & THE EMS FOUNDATION

On a beautiful morning, on Monday the 17th February 2020 the headmaster of Moshia Secondary School, in the village of Alma in Vaalwater, Limpopo Province in South Africa opened the school gates and welcomed his pupils and invited guests to celebrate the upgrade the school that he is in unofficially in charge of.

Headmaster Mr Setu
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The EMS Foundation Visits The Overstrand Whale Boxing Club

On 28 of October 2019 the EMS Foundation has visited the Overstrand Whale Boxing Club (OWBC) in Zwelihle, Hermanus, South Africa. Liz Steyn and Michele Pickover joined the team and Liz even boxed and sparred for a few minutes with coach Mzi.

The Club, founded by Mzi in 2007 has achieved phenomenal success, not only regionally but also nationally. As a matter of fact, among his boxers there are six South African champions.

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Local boxers big hit at Nationals

Overstrand Whale Boxing Club’s boxers marched through the streets of Zwelihle with a banner and posters to thank EMS Foundation for the organisation’s support. The talented young boxers also displayed the trophies they won at various boxing tournaments. Photos: Rick Marais

Overstrand Whale Boxing Club’s boxers came home victorious after winning gold, silver and bronze medals at the National Championships held in Limpopo last week.

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