Siphiwe ‘Shabba’ Tshabalala didn’t just take time out of his super busy week to fulfil a heart disease victim’s bucket list wish – he went a step further.
Reach For A Dream, a non-profit organization that fulfils the dreams of children of all income groups and of any race, colour or creed between the ages of 3 and 18 years who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness by a doctor paid the Kaizer Chiefs Village a visit on Wednesday afternoon, 7 November.
As part of the ongoing partnership with the Club, Reach For A Dream visited the Village with two young patients to fulfill their dream of meeting their hero, Siphiwe Tshabalala
The dreamers, Omphemetse Maila, 16 years of age, who was diagnosed with a rare heart disease, and Sfiso Lubisi, a 11-year-old who loves Shabba, has been diagnosed with an end stage renal failure.
Both dreamers first became captivated with Tshabalala in 2010 (even though the rest of their families were loyal Amakhosi fans).
On Wednesday, that wish finally came true, only in a bigger way.
The dreamers were welcomed by the Kaizer Chiefs staff at the Village and were granted the rare opportunity to watch the first team train and meet some of Tshabalala’s teammates.
The Amakhosi midfielder went a step further, signing a Chiefs jersey for Omphemetse and Sfiso after meeting with the rest of their families who also witnessed the special moment and encouraged them to continue to soldier on in their battle with the disease.