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Turning tragedy to triumph: The story of Qaphela

"Meet Qaphela Titus Gobodo from Wellington, Western Cape in South Africa. Qaphela is a victim of jealousy, hatred and racial prejudice that nearly cost him his life. He has literally been through the fire but God came through and rescued him. Qaphela was walking from the toilets at school when four boys were walking behind him, and one hit him on the head, and he collapsed. They poured paraffin or thinners, all over his body, and set him on fire. An ambulance was called, and he was rushed to Paarl Hospital. They couldn't help him at Paarl, and he was immediately transferred to Tygerberg Hospital. He was hospitalized from the 13th of September 2016 to the 27th of December 2016. The reason behind all of this, is because he got a bursary from Hoerskool Garsfontein in Pretoria. Qaphela happened to be the only black guy who was GREAT at rugby at his school, and amongst his teammates, he was simply the best. His class teacher, and his family visited him all the time.

When he went back to school, he didn't receive any warmth or support, like he expected, but he became a laughing stock He didn't care what his peers said or thought about his appearance. All he wanted was to recover, so he could go back to the field and do what he does best, play rugby!!! In March of 2017 he felt dizzy, and was asked to go home, and come back in the next year. Qaphela wasn't receiving the best medical attention, as his mother didn't have enough funds to get him the best medical help.

Today he is on the road to full recovery and has started training for rugby again. He is proud of his scars and recently posted photo shoots he had on the rugby field as well as in the studio. He also posted on Facebook about how a man came up to him as he was about to get on a plane and told him how his story had inspired him to stand strong in the face of a cancer diagnosis. He had watched Qaphela's videos and had recognized him instantly.

Qaphela's is a story of hope, of standing tall through adversity and overcoming against all odds through his faith in God and continuing to pursue his passion! He is still a very charming and impressive young man and is ever smiling.

Qaphela doing what he does best

The champ

Those who can lend a hand and help in any way can get in touch with Qaphela via his Facebook page here . No justice has yet been done concerning the boys who committed this heinous crime.

Edit: From today the 23 of June 2019,we have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help Qaphela and his family. If you have been touched you can donate below:



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