24 May Adelaide Tambo Day Celebration
On the 24th May this year the Adelaide Tambo School celebrated Adelaide Tambo day, marking the renaming of the school and celebrating Adelaide Tambo’s life and contribution to society.
The school choir opened the event with a song, followed by a prayer from one of the students. After the welcoming of the guests, Mr Memani who is the principal of the school, and Ms Vilakazi the CEO of the Foundation elaborated the purpose of the gathering, both encouraging all those who were the to celebrate not only the occasion, but also the hard work that the students constantly put in throughout the year. “Perseverance” was the ribbon that tied all the messages together. Alwande Skhosana who is a student at the school and a wheelchair tennis player spoke about his rise to being ranked number one in the country and fifth in the world – he did not give up when the going got tough, and constantly worked on improving himself. Mongezi Sosibo, an ex-student at the school turned adversity into triumph after discovering he is HIV positive during his matric year; not only did he continue to work hard and pass matric, he went on to work with international organisations to eradicate the stigma against HIV/Aids. Pastor Ntuli was very upbeat and encouraged the student to work hard, aim high and never give up. Speaking on behalf of the Tambo family, Mrs Rachel Tambo encouraged the students to emulate Mam’Adelaide on two things; never see obstacles, and education all the way – anything is possible with education. Mam’Helen, Adelaide Tambo’s sister, was also in attendance.
The Foundation thanks Gift of the Givers Foundation, KFC, National Development Agency, the British High Commission, the Zwelonke Women’s Group and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, for their contribution and making the day successful.