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Former South Africa Womens International Footballer and Manager Lydia Monyepao to Run the Comrades for SOS Africa

20 May 2014

Every underprivileged young child deserves a chance to escape poverty and the daily hardships they are faced with to discover a whole new world of opportunity. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela.

Lydia Monyepao will run in the 2014 Comrades to raise funds for SOS Africa        Lydia Monyepao will run in the 2014 Comrades to raise funds for SOS Africa

My name in Lydia Monyepao and I grew up in a rural village called Cyferkuil (near Bela Bela). Life was not easy! In 1991 I was awarded a scholarship to study at the International School of Bophuthatswana (now South Africa) in Mafikeng until 1996. This was an opportunity of a lifetime!

With 20 international caps and 4 goals, I played for Banyana Banyana (South African Women's Senior National Football team) from 1998 - 2004, representing the country at the 2002 & 2004 African Women's Championship and the 2003 All Africa Games (silver medallist). I also played at the World Student Games in 2001 (Beijing, China) and 2003 (Daegu, South Korea). I managed Banyana Banyana in the 2012 London Olympics and the 2012 African Women's Championship (silver medallists).

On 1 June 2014 I will be running my first ever Comrades Marathon (the Ultimate Human Race)....89,9km of sheer, gruesome pain! My efforts will not go to waste though. I will be raising funds for SOS Africa which funds the education and care of underprivileged African township children. My hope and dream for this race is to empower a young girl from the local rural area in Mafikeng by helping her to gain access to a good quality education not offered in rural public schools.

Please help me turn one young girl's dream into reality:

Thank you for your support!

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