The ninth season of the hit TV show Tropika Island of Treasure has just crowned #TeamCoolRed (Nadia Jaftha and Trevor Lagerway) its winning team. After a gruelling season with some of the most intense challenges to date, the duo walked away with the shared R1 million grand prize.
Naturally, both Nadia and Trevor have some big plans for their cash winning but a beautiful thing to note about this win, though, is that both Nadia and Trevor will be sharing a portion of their prize winnings with some special causes that are very close to their hearts.
Trevor Pledges The Little Lighthouse Foundation Support
Inspired by their son and champ Lukas who was diagnosed with the very rare disease, LMNA- Congenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD), Tjaart and Lize van der Walt set up this foundation with the aim to help other families living with CMD in South Africa.
CMD is the term for a group of genetic muscle diseases that occur at birth or early in a child’s life. CMD is characterised by diminished muscle tone, muscle weakness, poor motor control and in some cases can affect the eyes, brain, lungs and heart. LMNA-CMD (an extremely rare form of CMD) is the gene that makes the protein called Lamin A/C which causes limited muscle control and means that muscles will get weaker instead of stronger over time.
“I know Tjaart and Lize personally and they’re doing incredible things to raise awareness about CMD and to help other families in South Africa who are living with a CMD diagnoses,” says Lagerway. “When I was competing in Tropika Island of Treasure, I knew that if I won that shared R1 million prize, I would absolutely share some of it with The Little Lighthouse Foundation. Through every challenge, I was clear that I was playing not just for myself and my family, but for this Foundation as well.”
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We are Tjaart and Lize van der Walt, parents to our champ Lukas. We have been married for 10 years and live in Blouberstrand — the coastal town with the postcard views of Table Mountain. Tjaart runs the ocean adventure company @capetownbucketlist in Hout Bay with his family. And Lize owns the hair salon @prismahairct in Durbanville. In 10 months, Lukas has already taught us more life lessons than we have learnt in the last 33 years. He redefined what we thought love, sacrifice and faith was — in the best way possible. He taught us to be present and live for today. He encourages us to take absolutely nothing for granted and to keep finding the joy in little things. We feel honoured to be his parents and so grateful that we get to be part of his journey. We are the lucky ones. 🌞
Nadia Set To Donate To Both The Habibia Children’s Home And Nourish The Children
Cape Town-based Nadia will be sharing a portion of her prize money with Habibia Children’s Home, a home for young orphan girls who are in desperate need of love and care.
“What Habibia Chidlren’s Home does to support and empower young girls is incredible, and I knew that if I did come out victorious on Tropika Island of Treasure that they would be one of the causes I would share some of my prize winnings with,” Jaftha affirms.
Nadia has revealed that she will also be sharing part of her winnings with Nourish the Children (NTC), an initiative started by Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. to address the problem of childhood hunger in a sustainable manner. This is a cause Nadia is extremely passionate about which sees her serve as an ambassador as well. The program begins with a highly nutritious food developed by Nu Skin’s nutritional scientists, known as VitaMeal, which can be purchased and donated. Since launching in 2002, over 650 million meals have been donated to malnourished children around the world, with more than 130,000 children being fed around the world everyday thanks to NTC.
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