Acornhoek

Shortly before Christmas 2023 Mike visited Acornhoek (pronounced Accanuk), a rural community in the north of the country.  He went to find out more about the operations of the Harry Mnisi Foundation (HMF).  Set up by the inspirational Elta Sayiya, HMF has been providing sports coaching to kids in this very poor community for the last two years.

Elta Sayıya

Elta Sayıya

Ellta’s focus on sport is driven by her determination to “take the kids off the streets.”  She firmly believes this will improve their life chances and help them steer clear of drugs.  Creating sporting communities is her goal and Mike immediately felt complete alignment with what she was trying to do.  My fellow trustee Adam Lillywhite and I went out earlier this year to cast a second (and third) set of eyes over the operation and agreed with Mike that supporting the HMF in its aims was the right thing for the Mike’s Foundation to do.  The project is rapidly progressing and a cricket league is the immediate goal.

Acornhoek Cricket field

Acornhoek Cricket field