A young Delft woman who has qualified for an international aerobics competition needs help to reach her goal.
Lauren Louw, 22, says she has been selected to participate in the Federation of International Sports, Aerobics and Fitness event, which will take place in France next month.
The Rosendal woman, who started aerobic fitness dancing in 2016, also coaches youngsters in the sport.
“I am studying Early Childhood Development, participating as an aerobic fitness dancer, and I coach young girls in my community,” she says.
“I started my coaching career in 2018, after my matric year, to help invest in the sport and help to keep children from the streets.
“I always felt like giving back and it is so rewarding to me as their mentor and I am humbled that young girls are looking up to me.”
She explains that she cannot afford the trip which will cost her R22 000.
“I live with my grandparents in Rosendal Delft. They are both pensioners. I believe that what matters in life is not the mere fact we have lived, but rather what difference we have made to the lives of others, that will determine the significance of the life we lead and that is why I want to be part of the competition.
“I am proud that I have qualified for my Protea Colours and therefore represent South Africa at the 2021 Fisaf World Championships in D’Agen, France, from 20 to 24 November.”
Lauren adds: “There are many expenses connected with representing South Africa and Splice Studio at the World Championships and I solely rely on getting funding through my own fundraising events and the support of local businesses.”
The R22 000 will pay for her airfare, accommodation and meals, land transport, registration fee, travel insurance, attire and visa.
If anyone would like to donate, contact Lauren on 073 640 9542.