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Amla inspires sick kid

2012-10-25 09:22

Durban - His broad smile, tears in his eyes and loss for words told the story of a little boy’s dream come true.

On Wednesday, in New Germany, Naemo Abdullah, 7, from Benoni lived his dream when he met and played cricket with Hashim Amla, his hero.

Naemo suffers from a kidney disease which was diagnosed when he had an appendix operation at age five. He currently has dialysis every second week but, according to his mom Mieta, “it doesn’t stop him running around and getting involved in sport and activities.”

Amla is his hero and whenever the great batsman is at the crease, “Naemo is glued to the television. He does not move while Hashim is batting,” said Mohammed, Naemo’s dad.

That Naemo’s dream came true was thanks to the Reach for a Dream Foundation. Said Kathy Upton, the organisation’s project co-ordinator in Johannesburg: “We visit various hospitals and clinics, where we connect with children and their families.

“We ask a child what their three best dreams would be and, once an assessment is done and the child chosen, the plan swings into action. Naemo’s ultimate was to meet Hashim and, thanks to him being SMJ Beverages’ brand ambassador, the dream has come true.”

The company paid for Naemo and his parents, plus Kathy, to fly to Durban on Tuesday, spend the night and met Amla on Wednesday.

“Naemo was so excited when the foundation phoned on Monday to say we were going to Durban to meet Hashim.

“He has not stopped smiling and it’s a special moment for the whole family,” said Mieta.

Amla arrived and spent more than an hour with Naemo and staff of the company. Everyone bowled at him but no-one got him out. However, the cherry on top was batting and bowling with Naemo.

Said Amla, “I am blessed to be good at cricket and to take time out for something like this makes me realise what an impact I have as a cricketer on children.

“I am humbled he sees me as his hero and I take inspiration from him. Here is a little guy who has faced extreme challenges in his young life, yet he has such a high spirit and never stops smiling. I can learn from him.”

Naemo, a pupil at Pioneer Primary School in Benoni, was made to feel special.

“I love Hashim Amla and am happy he came to see me. He is my best player and I will tell all my friends at school that he played cricket with me,” he said.

While it was a special occasion for Naemo, it was something his parents would also not forget.

“This trip has been amazing. It is the first time ever on a plane for me and Mieta, and the first time we have ever seen the sea.

“We were up early to go and put our feet in the water. My work colleagues could not believe I was flying to Durban to personally meet Hashim Amla. It’s been a family affair to treasure forever,” said Mohammed.

Ismail Kajee, the CEO of SMJ, said the company was more than willing to help Naemo’s dream come alive. “It’s the least we can do.

“We get joy out of seeing what we can do for others, especially young children. We have because we give, and the delight on Naemo’s face says it all.”

Naemo was given an autographed bat, a mini cricket set and a framed one-day international shirt worn and signed by Amla.

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Comments
  • simphiwe.boqwana - 2012-10-25 09:44

    thanx amla u the best man

  • kieron.dean.9 - 2012-10-25 09:52

    A good news story...very refreshing! Amla is sincerely humble, no facades, just true inspiration to others on how to stay grounded when you reach the top of your profession.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-25 17:05

      This is why I support the Proteas regardless of results. Hash is a great example but I don't think he's the only one. AB and Bouch are also involved in similar initiatives to help those less fortunate, and I imagine that others are too. So I will support them through thick and thin. Life isn't just about winning, it's about who you are as well. And I like who the Proteas are as individuals. They set a fine example. If they don't produce winning results all the time, that is not the end of the world.

  • donald.perumal - 2012-10-25 09:56

    The Amla Magic lives on: You are a superstar!

  • Brownbear - 2012-10-25 10:07

    Thank you Amla , you are a true inspiration

  • gordon.mazibuko - 2012-10-25 10:09

    Hashim Amla what a gentleman and an ambassador for all people worldwide

  • yaschoeman - 2012-10-25 10:21

    Great moment for the kid, nevermind the kid for anyone to meet such a great player and humble person.

  • ledzepkid.zn - 2012-10-25 10:23

    Exactly why would someone would thumbs down any of the comments above? Even for internet trolls I mean serously there's gotta be a line.

      gordon.mazibuko - 2012-10-25 10:39

      The trolls know no boundaries my friend..........

      dirkjohannes - 2012-10-25 12:17

      The troll with the thumb down is to scared to reveal himself. Yes.... Hide in shame you troll!!!!

      johannes.chokers - 2012-10-25 12:19

      gordon.mazibuko - You are wrong. A boundary is the piece of rope that goes in a circular form around the cricket field. If the batsmen hits the ball along the ground and it crosses the boundary, its four runs. If he hits it over the boundary without touching the ground, its 6 runs. See even the Trolls know boundaries!!!

      gordon.mazibuko - 2012-10-25 13:18

      Cricket fields are oval not round so your 'circular form" statement is incorrect. Anyway you are pretty funny dude

      johannes.chokers - 2012-10-25 13:31

      Thank you

  • Jacques - 2012-10-25 10:35

    I literally have tears in my eyes! What a bloke!

      AbuAbrahams - 2012-10-25 11:47

      x2

      johannes.chokers - 2012-10-25 12:20

      Nee jirre!!!

  • Cameron - 2012-10-25 10:40

    So awesome to read something like this - I had tears in my eyes!! Well done Hash!! What a fantastic ambassador you are for the country!! More stories like this please!!

  • saleigh.waggie - 2012-10-25 11:31

    Amla- the man, the legend!

  • dirkjohannes - 2012-10-25 12:13

    Amla....a legend in the making!!!!

      johannes.chokers - 2012-10-25 13:31

      Hy is klaar n LEGEND!!!

      heiku.staude - 2012-10-25 15:32

      Too late with your prediction. Already a legend. :)

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