By: Jenna-Lee Strugnell
Published: Thursday, 23rd July 2015
It was a bright and sunny day when I got the call from Magda that I had been selected for the Vodacom Change the World Program and that was the moment that MY world changed. With that phone call I was given the opportunity to dedicate myself full-time to implementing the Tales of Turning project for the Narrative Foundation. With that phone call I was given the opportunity to make my dreams a reality.
The Vodacom Change the World conference was first up on the agenda and I waited for the event with great anticipation. After finding out that part of the event would include appearing on video and in the media I was slightly apprehensive. Unknowingly the week before I had given my friend advice that would make me able to leap over my fear “How wonderful that we have such a great passion for something that it gives us the ability to stretch past our limitations.” If it wasn’t for my great passion for the Tales of Turning Project, I don’t think I could have stepped up to the occasion so easily. It was also the thought of meeting other people who have dedicated their lives to making a difference in this world that helped me to turn my apprehension back into excitement.
From the moment that we arrived in Johannesburg we were given a warm welcome by Magda and the Vodacom Change the World Team. They made us feel right at home. It was great to learn more about the passion that goes into the Vodacom Change the World Program and I think that this is one of the main factors why the program is such a success. Meeting the other volunteers and NPO representatives was another highlight for me. I found the conference to be inspirational as well as informative and fun! Hearing more about the projects that the past volunteers have worked on and the plans of the current volunteers made me realise that I am not alone in my mission to make a difference in our communities. I look forward to working together with the Vodacom team, volunteers and NPO’s to change the world.