When Rudi van Schalkwyk posted his positive experience after a neighbourhood soccer game followed by a meal from his generous neighbour, he didn’t expect his post to go viral, because his message was one of good news and hope, not despair.
He was wrong. After a little while, his Facebook post was being viewed and shared by thousands of people, because it has managed to spark South Africa’s belief that change starts at home, with one small act.
Rudi was caught off guard recently when he bought a meal for a homeless child and was so touched by the server’s emotional response to this that he realised how little it takes to bring change.
Rudi became aware, from the comments on his Facebook post, that people are hungry for change, so he has spent sleepless nights wondering how he can make a difference. “Then it dawned on me. You love making music… why not use that to carry goodwill. So the plan will have a few facets.”
Rudi is in a band, and his plan is to write songs. The proceeds from the sale of these songs will go to goodwill organisations and the video content will convey unity and awareness. He also hopes to organise a fund raiser and to put on ‘Bring a Blanky’ concerts to help those in need.
Follow Rudi’s journey, or get involved by visiting his band’s Facebook page.