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Arafat Gatabazi

Arafat Gatabazi

Arafat Gatabazi
Joining us in studio is AG Swimming Academy founder, Arafat Gatabazi.
He was 17 when he left Congo with nothing other than the clothes on his back. He came to South Africa with his two cousins and sister, they were all under the age of 20 and had to travel 5 countries before arriving in South Africa. Arafat learned how to swim after taking lessons at The Homestand a shelter for homeless children in Cape Town where he lived until 2015. They saw the swimming lessons as a way to distract them from thinking about life problems. He took over the swimming programme and included kids from other shelters. In 2016, he has swum in Robben Island to raise funds for LifeLine Western Cape. Arafat greatest desire is to be an inspirational to children in distress. He wants to show them that no matter how insurmountable the obstacles presented by their life circumstance may appear, with the right attitude, they can move mountains or swim from island to the mainland.

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