From street to surf

05 July 2013

by Caitlin Walsh


THIS summer, a surfing team from Durban, South Africa, is visiting British waters, but this is a team with a difference: its members grew up on the streets.

The group, Surfers Not Street Children, is made up of three young men, aged between 21 and 24: Sihle Mbutho, Lucky Nozisali, and Andile Zulu. All lost parents when they were young, and had to fend for themselves.

They began a three-week tour of the UK last month. It lasts until Tuesday. As well as surfing, they have been visiting schools and churches, telling their stories and raising awareness of the plight of street children. The tour is being hosted by the Amos Trust.

Speaking last week, Mr Zulu said: "Being in the streets was like being in a fire that you cannot get out of. We show other children how to get out of that fire."

The National Director of Christian Surfers UK, met the team on Tuesday of last week. He said: "The three young men were real ambassadors, and it was hard to realise just what tough backgrounds they came from."

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