During his trip back to South Africa early this year, Wayne organised a cricket match and dinner, supported by sports stars Shaun Pollock, Kyle Abbott and Pat Lambie, raising around £2,000 for LIV and the Kearsney Foundation, which provides bursaries for children in Durban to be able to study at Kearsney College.
Around 23 miles to the north of Durban, in the KwaZulu Natal province, is a haven of safety and hope for some of the millions of orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa.
It is called LIV. Set in 494 acres of land next to the community of Cottonlands, it creates a family environment which aims not only to protect and provide for all the children’s educational and emotional needs but to inspire the next generation of leaders in South Africa.
The project began in 2001 as an effort to feed starving children and was followed in 2009 by the purchase of an 83-acre farm and the beginning of building work.
Currently, LIV has 96 three-bedroom homes, each assigned a trained foster mother, and cares for 154 children.
All that is still only a small step towards addressing a huge problem in South Africa, with over five million children lacking a safe family background, but LIV is attracting growing attention as an outstanding cause worthy of support and is one of the three nominated charities Wayne Madsen has chosen to help through his testimonial year.
Wayne went to see LIV for himself early this year and feels a strong bond with the work of the organisation
“Growing up, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to receive a great education and, importantly for me, the opportunities to play sport,” he said.
“I feel honoured to be able to support a charity like LIV that enriches the lives of not only the orphaned and vulnerable children but anyone who enters the village. I have been privileged to visit LIV and it was one of the most enriching experiences of my life.
“I will help to contribute towards sporting equipment and sports coaching, so that the kids have an opportunity to experience the joy and satisfaction that sport can bring to our lives.”
Wayne became a pupil at the college by winning such a bursary in 1997.