Over the World Cup we are glad to share that the Hope Academy project has received much interest from visitors around the world. One of our supporting offices in Northern Ireland arranged a cycling project to raise awareness and support for all our Hope Academies in South Africa. The Cycle for Hope team began in Morocco and arrived in Drakenstein prison on the 9th of June. The team were also joined by the Correctional Services cycling team and Lee Sharpe who is the patron of the Hope Academy program.
We had an amazing day where the cycling team (which has cyclists from around the world) heard stories from the boys in the academy and they could see what all their hard work was for, many were visably moved when they heard of how the boys lives have changed from being in gangsterism to focusing on a brighter future. The day included a tour of the house Nelson Mandela stayed in before he was released and a match between the visitors and the prisoners.
The boys in prison were moved by the support and care shown by people all over the world and it was a great day.
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AIS SA Director