Stephen McGown was held by an Al Qaeda-affiliated group in the Sahara desert in northern Mali for almost six years. He was kidnapped in Timbuktu, whilst travelling on motorbike from London to South Africa to return home after a seven year working stint. Stephen had been living in the UK with his wife Catherine, and they decided to return to South Africa to start a family and manage his family’s farming business. The plan was to meet Catherine back home; however, Stephen was kidnapped, along with a Dutch national and Swedish national on 25 November, 2011. He was 36 years old at the time.
Stephen’s talk is a story about resilience and the overcoming of adversity amidst harsh weather conditions. He was faced with a different culture, language and religion, as well as not knowing when things would come to an end or how his family was. Stephen wants to share his message of making the most of all situations, whether good or bad. Even though his story is far removed from the reality of most people’s lives, the essence of his struggle is relatable and will inspire you to be the best you can be.
Place: Bellavista School, 35 Wingfield Avenue, JHB
Date: Wednesday 10 June 2020
Time: 18h30- 20h00 (Registration at 18h00)
Cost: R200.00 per person
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