We thought that you would enjoy the story of the terminally ill little boy in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa who wanted a chess set! So special ….
Smelokuhle Zwane, a 5 year old boy from Vryheid diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, had his dream come true on the 30th April 2014. His dream was to have a new unique chess set of his very own. Never in my wildest dreams would I think a 5 year old would even know how to play chess, let alone love the game so much!
Smelokuhle and his family had travelled up to Durban for a hospital visit, so we put them up in the Regal Inn hotel in Ballito the night before his dream was to be fulfilled. On the morning of the 30th, I collected the family from the hotel, where they had just enjoyed a delicious breakfast and were excited for the day ahead. I then took the family to the Simbithi Eco Estate Heron Centre, where we had a fun-filled morning planned for Smelokuhle.
The day began with a treasure hunt for his big surprise. The treasure hunt consisted of clues to do with chess and each clue was placed with a giant chess piece, hidden all around the Heron Centre. He was so excited and ran around the entire place, finding each new clue. Once he had all the clues, he was lead to the giant chess set where he found his dream… his very own, unique African chess set that he could treasure for a very long time. Smelokuhle absolutely loved his chess set and was so thankful for it.
After receiving his special dream, he decided it was time to challenge mom and dad to a game of giant (life-size) Chess. The happy family played two games, both of which Smelokhule was the champion. Later in the morning one of Simbithi Estates’ very own Pro Golfers came and gave Smelokuhle a few golf lessons and a fun-filled game of Miniature Golf. Once again Smelokuhle was the reigning champion!
After a busy morning, we were then treated to a lovely picnic next to the pool. Just before Smelokuhle and his family left, his dad and him had a little one on one match of soccer where again, Smelokuhle was the champion.
Due to Smelokuhle’s illness he is unable to interact with other children and doesn’t get to play and have fun very often. His parents as well as Smelokuhle were extremely grateful for the fantastic day they got to share together and Smelokuhle couldn’t have been happier to have his dream come true.
Nicole Kitchen (Reach For A Dream Coordinator KZN)