Warwick“Find optimism and opportunity in every situation – no matter how bad or how difficult that situation may be”

These are the mature words of young student Warwick Vos, the recipient of a R40 000 bursary donation from the MySchool fundraising programme. At 25 he has already had a rollercoaster life experience, but now he believes things are truly starting to turn around.

The annual KfM Wish project has become a well-loved institution at MySchool. For the second year in a row we were able to fulfil a wish and help a young student complete his studies at University. Warwich Vos, from Brackenfell, met up with us to tell us his live story and further confirmed why he deserves this donation.

MySchool is sponsoring his R26 000 study fees for 2011, R10 000 for books and stationery, and has given him and his family a R4 000 Woolworths gift card to ensure they have a brilliant festive season. Once he has completed his degree (LLB Postgraduate) he will be a qualified patent attorney. His dream is to make a difference in South Africa wherever he goes, and prove that anything is possible.

Read his miraculous story below:

Warwick Vos

Warwick Vos, the recipient of a R40 000 bursary donation from the MySchool fundraising programme.

Warwick Vos:

 

When Nicolene Vos, Warwick’s mother, fell pregnant in 1985 doctors told her she would die giving birth to the child and suggested an abortion.

Adamant that she would have the child, she went forth with the pregnancy and gave birth to Warwick, despite the dangers. His mother is still alive today, and one of Warwick’s biggest role models.

At the age of 18 months, his brother died of cancer, causing immense trauma in the home. His mother has no recollection of the first 6 years of his life. It is believed she blocked out these memories because of this great trauma.

At the tender age of 9 years, Warwick became very ill and suffered a stroke. Doctors feared the worse, but through determination and a fighting spirit he recovered sufficiently to return to school after two years. This time-gap proved however to be a major drawback. He struggled to keep up, could not fit in with his class mates, receiving little support from teachers who did not understand his background or situation, and became labelled as the “trouble child”.

At age 14 he dropped out of school, unable to keep up, and began working at an irrigation company as a packer and forklift operator. It seemed Warwick would be an underperformer for the rest of his life, living off minimum wage.

Every avenue seemed like a dead end. I gave up hope. I just didn’t care anymore,” says Warwick, thinking back on those days as young boy when he would not allow himself to dream big.
 
At age 17, after 3 years of feeling disrespected and underappreciated, Warwick realised that he had bigger dreams... He wanted to have a wife, have children, support a family and reach his potential. He had to write matric. Returning to his school, he begged the principal to allow him to attend matric and write the final exam, on higher grade.  Without Grade 9, 10 or 11 the principal expressed great concern, but after much pleading the principal allowed him to do enter. He did maths, science, geography, biology and languages.

Warwich proved a point, and despite failing his first term he completed matric with university exemption. He went on to complete a BSC degree and is currently completing his LLB postgraduate in order to become a patent attorney. 

Warwick has great dreams for himself and those around him. His dream is to be an inspiration to those around him, and he encouraged people from all ages to never give up, believe in themselves, and trust on God to guide them.

Warwick and girlfriend Tamaryn. The couple have know each other since his days working as a packer. They are getting married in June 2011.