CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA, a non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting children and teenagers with cancer or a life-threatening blood disorder and their families, is proud to have joined talented performer Musa Motha to mark Nelson Mandela Day with a special and heartwarming event.
Born and raised in the Vaal, Musa’s life took an unexpected turn when he was diagnosed with bone cancer at the tender age of 11. Despite facing a challenging journey that led to the amputation of his left leg, Musa’s passion for soccer and an unyielding spirit guided him towards an even more profound discovery – the art of dance. In 2023, Musa achieved a historic moment on Britain’s Got Talent by receiving the first-ever group Golden Buzzer. Unanimously impressed, all the judges pressed the buzzer, propelling him straight through to the live shows.
With unwavering determination, Musa pursued his newfound passion, and today, he stands as an internationally acclaimed and award-winning performer, an inspiration to countless individuals who have been touched by his story.
Musa, the extraordinary 28-year-old amputee dancer, whose indomitable spirit and talent have captivated audiences worldwide, visited Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital on Mandela Day, July 18th, to commemorate the legacy of Nelson Mandela and spread a message of hope and resilience.
Mandela Day, a day of global significance, honours the late Nelson Mandela’s values and commitment to making the world a better place. It encourages people from all walks of life to engage in acts of kindness, compassion, and service to others. Musa’s visit to Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital on this special day serves as a touching tribute to Mandela’s enduring legacy and a symbol of resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity. During Musa’s visit, we had the honour of being accompanied by Professor Gita Naidu, who was part of the team that treated him. She shared her thoughts and insights on the occasion. She said Musa is an inspiration to our young children and teenagers, from the most underprivileged sectors of our society. “Children and teenagers can be cured of cancer and can go on to achieve their dreams.”
Musa met with young patients, many of whom are facing their own battles with illness and challenges. Through his presence and inspirational story, Musa brought smiles to their faces, instilling a sense of hope and motivation in their hearts. “We are thrilled to have Musa join us at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital for Mandela Day,” said Hedley Lewis, CHOC CEO. “His story is a powerful testament to the strength of the human spirit. We hope that his visit will serve as an inspiration to the patients, reminding them that they are not alone in their journey.”
Together, let us remember the words of Madiba: “It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.”
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