Emotions ran high as friends and family said their last goodbyes to Maruwaan Scullard, who died trying to walk from Johannesburg to Cape Town to raise funds for a drug programme.
Maruwaan, a recovering drug addict from Manenberg, died tragically on September 2 after he was hit by a car along the N1 near Sebokeng in Gauteng.
His fellow walkers, Jaryd Jooste, 26, and their team leader, Jonathan Jooste, were also left injured.
The trio was only 60 kilometres into their 1 500km trek to the Cape Flats when they were mowed down by a speeding car driving in the yellow lane.
On Saturday, friends and relatives gathered at the Beulah Community Outreach Centre for the service.
Tears flowed as a video of Maruwaan’s transformation from a drug addict to a man working to rehabilitate others.
Manenberg community leader, Roegshanda Pascoe, says Maruwaan was an inspiration.
“It was a very emotional affair, it was hard for his family and his friends but they were all comforted knowing he died a hero,” she says.
“To hear him talk about his dream to save other young men who struggled with what he did, was just something else.
“Maruwaan remains a hero to us, the way he changed his life is an inspiration to many. He didn’t reach Manenberg but he achieved his goal.”