10 Questions For: Michael de Beer

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10 Questions For: Michael de Beer

Meet the co-founder of Newkidz on The Block, an NGO that finds loving homes for orphans and upgrades children’s homes, foster family accommodation, shelters for abused women and children and ECD training centres in vital need of repair and upliftment. 

1.  How would you describe what you do for a living?
I fundraise to help children who don't have families find loving families

2.  What is your most vivid childhood memory?
Making my sister jump off the garage roof with an umbrella to see if she would float to the ground....or maybe I should say "the hiding I got" after.

3.  If you could invite any three people, dead or alive, for dinner, who would they be and why?
1. Nelson Mandela - to ask him how his character was not tainted by his fellow prison inmates.
2. Mother Theresa- to ask her how she kept herself motivated to not give up.
3. Jacob Zuma - to try and influence him to support organisations who promote adoption (amongst other things).

4. If you ever found yourself auditioning for a music reality TV show, what song would you sing and why?
Today I don't feel like doing anything - Bruno Mars ... because I'm tired ;)

5.  How would you complete this sentence? The South African cabinet should include a Minister of _____________.

6.  What would you say is the biggest misconception about you?
That I'm a pushover and easily manipulated.

7.  What is your (honest) opinion of Cape Town?
Best city in the world!!

8.  What's the greatest fear you've had to overcome to get where you are today?
My fear of rejection and asking people to help.

9.   What's the one thing you'd like to achieve before you die?
I would like to see a movement in South Africa start forming where more and more people adopt millions of orphans in South Africa

10.  Which well-known South African personality would you, without a doubt, be able to beat in a street fight and why?   
Marc Lottering, because his hair would get in the way.


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