Reach For A Dream Minibus

The Reach for a Dream minibus

Sev­en-year-old Ste­fan Greef’s wish has always been to explore the Cra­dle of Humankind and live his dream of one day becom­ing a palaeoan­thro­pol­o­gist, crawl­ing through caves and dis­cov­er­ing fossils.

Maropeng, togeth­er with the Reach for a Dream Foun­da­tion, an NPO that works with spon­sors to help ful­fil the dreams of chil­dren fight­ing life-threat­en­ing ill­ness­es, worked togeth­er to help make Stefan’s wish come true.

Ste­fan is a small boy with big dreams. He was diag­nosed with Fan­coni anaemia, a rel­a­tive­ly rare genet­ic dis­ease, but it hasn’t stopped him from liv­ing his life the way a sev­en-year-old should.

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Warm hugs all around from the Maropeng staff

I am per­son­al­ly hon­oured to be part of such an amaz­ing organ­i­sa­tion. We have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of chil­dren who are liv­ing with seri­ous life-threat­en­ing ill­ness­es, and all we want to do is to inspire hope and let them know that there is a rea­son to keep fight­ing,” says Dreams co-ordi­na­tor Nom­pumele­lo Mlambo.

On Fri­day 28 March, 2014, staff at Maropeng wel­comed the Greef fam­i­ly for a fun-filled day of discovery.

It start­ed with gifts and good­ies, includ­ing tick­ets to vis­it the Maropeng exhi­bi­tion and the Sterk­fontein Caves.

The Greef fam­i­ly was then tak­en to meet award­ing-win­ning author, researcher and palaeoan­thro­pol­o­gist Pro­fes­sor Lee Berg­er, and Dr Boni­ta de Klerk at the Insti­tute for Human Evo­lu­tion at Wits University.

Ste­fan got a chance to crawl through caves and glimpse fos­sil exca­va­tion sites that he dreams of one day work­ing on as a palaeoanthropologist.

The fam­i­ly was tak­en on an amaz­ing tour of Mala­pa and the Ris­ing Star Cave, a new fos­sil site where more than 1 200 ear­ly hominid fos­sil ele­ments were unearthed in Novem­ber 2013.

Mlam­bo adds: The best part is see­ing a child who has been down for months, smile for the first time because some­one was con­cerned enough to know what their dream is and took the time to ful­fil it. And of course with­out our donors and spon­sors, like the Cra­dle of Humankind team, we would not be able to make these dreams a reality.”

The day end­ed off on a more relaxed note, with lunch at the Tumu­lus Restaurant.

It was an hon­our for every­one at Maropeng to be part of such a spe­cial day,” says Lind­say Mar­shall, Maropeng’s mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions manager.

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An excit­ed Ste­fan with palaeoan­thro­pol­o­gist Pro­fes­sor Lee Berger

Stefan Driving

Ste­fan takes the wheel with Pro­fes­sor Lee Berger