Meghan and Harry crammed a lot into their visit to South Africa.
They took baby Archie to meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu, had dinner with the president, and Meghan even took the time to pay her respects at Clareinch Post Office in Claremont, Cape Town, where UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana was brutally raped and murdered.
They also visited the Bo-Kaap and Monwabisi Beach, where they learned more about the work of ‘Waves for Change’, an NGO which combines surfing with evidence-based mind and body therapy to help vulnerable young people.
Now that they’re back in the UK, the Duke and Duchess wasted no time announcing their new charities to follow for the upcoming month, reports Channel24.
From an organisation providing shelter to displaced families to Sal’s Shoes finding new feet for preloved children’s shoes, their Royal Highnesses have followed a diverse selection of inspiring accounts. And one of them is even based in South Africa.
The announcement was made on the @SussexRoyal Instagram account:
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This month, in celebrating “community”, we asked you to share your favourite organisation from your neighborhood or around the world. We want to thank everyone who made a suggestion or kindly shared a positive story! We have now updated the accounts we follow for this month to reflect many of your suggestions! Thank you! These organisations represent the shared value of togetherness – one that The Duke and Duchess experienced so deeply while on tour in Southern Africa. We asked you to suggest organisations you enjoy volunteering for, ones that make you feel proud to be a part of and ones that put those in need of support, first. These accounts showcase what it means to be a community across all levels of society, working hard toward the goal of ensuring everyone, no matter what your background is, feels a part of something positive. Thank you again for contributing and shining a light on these accounts – please take a moment to discover these incredible organisations and learn how you can support! •All photos used above are from accounts we are now following•
The South African charity to make it onto the list is Surfers Not Street Children, which was established in 1998 to transform lives through surfing.
Based in Durban, South Africa, but with camps out in Mozambique and the UK, Surfers Not Street Children has empowered children throughout the world. Tom Hewitt, the founder of the organisation, was even awarded an MBE for his services helping street children by Queen Elizabeth in 2011.
“Stoked to be chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” the Surfers Not Street Children Instagram account shared, before revealing His Royal Highness personally made a stop to the organisation.
The kids who participate in the program were also pretty happy.
“The kids were frothing. So rad. Hopefully, we will one day welcome Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Sussex in South Africa or Mozambique.”
Meghan and Harry clearly had a great time at Waves For Change so I’m sure if they’re in the area, they’ll stop by.
For a video of the royal duo dancing with surfers, pop in here.
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