The Founder of Dare To Lead, Dirk Van Daele has been running a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme since 2013 on a self funded basis in order to use ocean sailing as a catalyst for leadership potential.
The Sapinda Rainbow Foundation has been the main supporter for the programme focused specifically on South African youngsters; of whom a high number of them, after having been proposed by their communities, are fulfilling their leadership potential whether in study, music or entrepreneurship.
We are currently in our third programme. After working with the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund on the Clipper 2013-14 Race on Invest Africa, we linked up with the NdlovuCare for the Clipper 2015-16 Race on IchorCoal. Currently we are active with the Clipper 2017-18 Race aboard Dare To Lead. Staying to our roots we have continued with South African youngsters but the Dare To Lead yacht represents us with an opportunity to go beyond South Africa in using sailing to assist leadership in youth.
After having Nqoba Mswazi on board for Leg 1 & Leg 2 from Liverpool to Cape Town via Uruguay, we now have David Marige Moroko (Sello) on the boat from Cape Town to Airlie Beach. Both young men are from South Africa and have been our CSR ambassadors on Dare To Lead. We are now seeking to widen our geographic scope into the USA following on from our fundraising in Seattle in the Clipper 2015-16 Race. We aim to open up our programme for underprivileged black youngsters in the USA, interestingly with full support of Dr Hugo Tempelman of NdlovuCare.
Nqoba Mswazi (Leg 1 and 2)
Nqoba was part of our very first generation of Sapinda Rainbow Ambassadors and participated in one of the most difficult legs in the Clipper 2013-14 Race, crossing the Pacific Ocean from Qingdao to San Francisco as a sailing novice. Over the past 4 years, Nqoba has not only matured as a person, but has also found his true calling in life. He is now a fully fledged skipper and works for 2 Oceans Maritime Academy in Cape Town.
David Marige moroko aka sello (Leg 3 and 4)
David Marige Moroko, also known as Sello, is 26 years old and was born in Dennilton, 30 km away from Groblersdal in a village called Lenkwaneng.
Sello was raised by a single mother who works as domestic worker. Sello lost his father at the age of 6. At the age of 9, when Sello's mother had to look for a job out of town, Sello took care of his little brother with the help of family members while continuing with his schooling.
As young man growing up without a father, this was not easy for him. Sello opened a barbershop at the age of 14 to help his mother take care of the family. The barbershop is still operational to date and he has employed two young boys to work there part-time and during school holidays.
Sello grew up determined to change his life for the better, despite the challenges of his childhood. In 2014 he was one of the young people that were trained in kickboxing by the Ndlovu Care Group through the Tjommie Foundation. Since then, he has not looked back. Sello has learned about discipline through sports and his wish is to teach people the same as a fitness instructor, where he volunteers at the Ndlovu Sports Centre.