Voices of Courage Event: 15 June

On 15 June, we held another successful Voices of Courage Campaign event at New Life, Tyger Valley Shopping Mall, marking the second event of our partnership to celebrate youth throughout the month of June.

About MOT and Tyger Valley Shopping Centre

MOT South Africa’s partnership with Tyger Valley Shopping Centre has provided a month-long celebration of youth empowerment. The Voices of Courage campaign includes inspiring talks, fun activities, and motivational performances to encourage young people to find and use their voices.

Victor Pike: The importance of being a role model

Victor Pike, Community Builder, and Mentor started his talk by encouraging everyone to take courage and be responsible in their fight against negativity and challenges. He emphasized that what truly matters is what’s in your heart. Here are some key points from Victor’s speech:

  • Set Boundaries: Learn to say no when needed and protect your personal space and well-being.
  • Choose Friends Wisely: Surround yourself with people who support your journey and goals. Good friends are crucial in navigating life’s challenges.
  • Recognize Your Unique Identity: Understand that you are unique and should not try to be a duplicate of someone else.
  • Know Your Goals: Clearly define what you want to achieve in life. Focus on these goals and don’t let difficult situations deter you.
  • Believe in Yourself: Confidence in your abilities is essential. If you don’t have positive people around you, look for role models on TV or online who can inspire you.

Victor concluded by highlighting the importance of maintaining respect and values, which he feels society has lost. His advice to the youth is to believe in themselves and seek out positive influences, no matter where they come from.

Sharief Hendricks on Privilege, Goals, and Positive Thinking

MOT Ambassador, Sharief Hendricks, Senior Lecturer at UCT and Professor at Leeds Beckett University (UK), shared his personal journey, emphasizing the two things that kept him on the right path: sport, specifically rugby, and education. He urged everyone to appreciate what they have and to strive for continuous improvement. Key takeaways from Sharief’s talk include:

  • Appreciate Your Privileges: Recognize that many of us are more privileged than others. This realization should motivate us to make the most of our opportunities.
  • Set and Achieve Goals: Success is built through daily actions. Set clear goals and work towards them every day, even if it’s something small like watching a 10-minute educational video.
  • Choose Role Models Wisely: Look up to positive figures in your life, whether it’s your mom, grandma, or someone else who inspires you.
  • Reflect on Your Thoughts: Understand that you are not your thoughts. Regularly check in with yourself, reflect on your actions, and strive to turn negatives into positives.
  • Daily Actions Matter: What you do every day will eventually lead you to where you want to be. Stay focused on positive, productive activities.

Sharief’s message was clear: we must be mindful of what we consume and engage in activities that help us grow. By realizing that we are not defined by our negative thoughts, we can work towards becoming better individuals.

Thank You to Tygervalley Mall

This MOTivating event was made possible through the amazing partnership and campaign, Voices of Courage, in partnership with Tyger Valley Mall. Their support has allowed for these important conversations and motivational talks to take place, inspiring many to take positive steps in their lives.

In conclusion, the words of Victor Pike and Sharief Hendricks remind us that courage, self-belief, and mindful actions are key to achieving our goals and living a fulfilling life. Let’s take their advice to heart and strive to make positive changes every day.

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