I received some terrible news recently and am hoping you can take a few seconds today to help make a difference. Khulekani Mthembu, the captain of the Zuluhoops basketball team and one of the stars of the film, was attacked with a machete on his way home from work and lost his right arm. I can't begin to summarize what a tragic loss this is for him. Not only does it curtail his ability to play basketball, but it will also make it extremely difficult for him to earn a living in South Africa, where jobs are already so hard to come by.
I have just launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to pay for a prosthetic arm for Khulekani. Some friends at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago have generously helped me map out a plan for his care and identify a top-notch prosthetist who has agreed to fit Khulekani at no charge. All we need now is to raise $15,000 for the prosthetic itself and that starts with awareness. I have created a post promoting the campaign on Facebook here:
PLEASE SHARE THIS POST as soon as you are able. My goal is to generate as many shares as possible in the next hour to bump this post to the top of people's news feeds. Please also visit the GoFundMe page, regardless of whether you are able to make a donation. If we can generate a lot of traffic to the page, it might appear on the GoFundMe home page, which would be a huge help.
My highest priority right now is to help Khulekani get past this hurdle and to give him the best possible shot at a happy, productive future. I am hopeful that Zuluhoops and the audiences who see it will help make that possible and appreciate more than ever your support.