Sunday, 23 September 2018

Woman's book in aid of charity

A WOMAN from Henley has written a book to raise money for a charity in South Africa.

A WOMAN from Henley has written a book to raise money for a charity in South Africa.

Heather McKibbin, 65, of Homelands Way, will be raising money for Thembalethu Nkomazi by donating all profits from sales of TiNyiko?s Song.

Thembalethu Nkomazi is a community centre in eastern South Africa that supports young people and families who have been affected by HIV.

Mrs McKibbin spent time working at the centre when she lived in South Africa, where she was born. She moved to the UK in 2007.

She said: ?I started working at the centre because my sister Sally was there. I wanted to help people who were suffering or had been affected by HIV.

?The reason for the book is to acknowledge the people there at the centre and to support the work of Thembalethu Nkomazi.?

TiNyiko?s Song is about a young girl called TiNyiko from a rural village with a troubled past that she must confront on her journey through a reality singing contest.

Parts of the story draw on Mrs McKibbin?s experiences while she was working in South Africa and features topics such as racism, abortion, domestic violence and the HIV pandemic.

She said: ?Although this story is fiction, it is inspired by the amazing courage and love that I encountered when working with the charity.

?I observed first-hand the utter desolation of children who were orphaned and saw that when they were offered support and care they had the ability to overcome their circumstances.?

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