We were astounded to read that 61% of young South African children grow up in fatherless homes. This is quite simply a terrible statistic of our country and it makes the role of women that much more important in the fabric of South African Society.
The TAG Foundation believes in the power of education. We have seen the difference it can make and have proof of this through many of the lads we have supported over the years.
We have been very keen to add young ladies to the programme for a while and our first TAG Girl is young Jessica Shaku who Traci and I are personally sponsoring. At our fundraising event last year, we spoke about Jessica and how excited we were to include girls into our foundation. We were subsequently approached by a few people who said they too would like to get involved in sponsoring girls through TAG Foundation.
Based on those approaches and the news of the 61% fatherless homes we decided to embark on a new journey and who better to partner with than Parktown girls? Their recent matric results were outstanding and our visit to the school was an eye opener. What a fabulous institution.
And now thanks to Afrihost and the Gush family we can add more girls than just Jessica. We have included another six young ladies on the program, making seven in total. We are thrilled to introduce them to you in this newsletter. It is still early days, but we are confident that Parktown Girls is the right fit for TAG Foundation and our donors. They take education seriously and do an excellent job preparing young ladies for life and not just for matric.
We really do look forward to this new addition to the programme and can honestly say that we now partner with the two finest government, monastic schools in the Gauteng Province.
We will certainly keep sharing our stories and experiences as they unfold. But for now, we are extremely grateful and confident that this will be a great addition to the TAG Foundation.
Our ‘Class of 2019’ matriculants did us very proud! With a total of 5 ‘A’s’ and 12 ‘B’s’ amongst our 7 young men, we are delighted with their matric results!
The TAG Foundation matriculants represented their school, country, the foundation and most importantly themselves with distinction and valour – we salute you all and so look forward to you all contributing positively and enthusiastically to your families, communities and country as great King Edward men! Strenue.