Raising funds to give pupils free violin lessons

Kyran Jooste, 14, trying to raise funds to help other children.

A Harfield Village teenager
is swimming to raise money
for a charity that gives free violin lessons to township children.

Kyran Jooste, 14, swam the 7-mile leg of the Midmar Mile in KwaZulu-Natal earlier this month, raising money for Muzukidz through Swim for Hope.

“I had wanted to support an organisation that involved music, and empowered disadvantaged youth and Muzukidz does both with a lot of energy so I chose to support them,” Kyran says.

Swim for Hope’s founder, Carina Bruwer, praised Kyran’s efforts.

“Kyran is a great young swimmer, and we feel privileged for him to be swimming under the Swim For Hope banner, for Muzukidz.”

Kyran says he has been swimming for as long as he can remember and did his first Midmar Mile when he was 11.

The Grade 8 Cedar House High School pupil trains
two mornings a week before school with his coach, Claire Amner.

He also spends a lot of time swimming in the ocean.

“I enjoy the freedom and challenge that comes with open-water swimming, and I hope more young people will also consider open water swimming,” he says.

Muzukidz founder Marie Botha says they bring children from different backgrounds together to learn the violin.

“What Kyran did is really special because he created awareness as a child trying to raise funds to help other children to give them the opportunity to learn and play the violin.”

To help Kyran’s fund-raising efforts visit www.muzukidz.co.za or 072 240 4269.