Reach for a dream - Aubrey Camphor visits SA
Navy Submarine SAS MANTHATISI
Article and Photos by Shanton Prins
for a Dream Foundation is a non-profit organisation that
fulfils dreams of children that have been diagnosed with
life threatening illnesses, with the strong belief in
the power of dreams, to give hope to children fighting
life-threatening illnesses through the fulfilment of
foundation, with the assistance of the SA Navy, helped a
nine years old, Aubrey Camphor, from the Cape Flats,
Lavender Hill fulfil his dream of visiting an SA Navy
submarine. He suffers from lymphoblastic leukaemia also
known as “All”, the most common type of cancer in
children. Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia is a
type of cancer in which the bone marrow produces to many
immature lymphocytes (type of white blood cells).
Aubrey Camphor, with the SAS MANTHATISI in the
26 August 2017, Aubrey accompanied by his family and a
representative from the Reach for a Dream Foundation
visited SAS MANTHATISI, one of the three submarines in
the SA Navy.
the Engineering Officer, Commander M. Brandt welcomed
the family and gave an introduction and history of the
SA Navy submarines. Leading Seaman M.D. Mphahlele whom
is an Electrical Engineer on board took the group on a
guided tour, explaining different roles and functions of
both a submarine and being a submariner in the SA Navy.
Moreover affording some of the family members to look
through the periscope, and Aubrey also had the
opportunity to lay in one of the officers “bunks”. On
completion of the tour Commander Brandt handed Aubrey a
“Submarine Squadron beanie” as a gift.
The SA Navy
prides itself in assisting the Reach for a Dream
Foundation in a growing legacy that affords terminally
ill children a chance to fulfil their dreams. The smile
on Aubrey’s face was evidence that he got a chance to
make his dream a reality.