Peter has been living on the streets of Cape Town for 10 years with his family and spends most of his day begging for food or money.
He left Bontheuwel with his father at the age of 8 after his mother died.
Peter finds his escape at a skate park at the Salesian Institute in Greenpoint, created to give young people a safe space to dispel frustrations and boredom.
In spite of his tragic background, Peter has chosen not to be a victim of his circumstances and uses his passion for skateboarding as a way to channel his energy and potential.
The thing that drives me in the morning is skateboarding. When I wake up, its the first thing I think about. I don't do drugs and I'm not involved in gangsterism. I prefer skating. It's a happy feeling.— Peter, inspiring skateboarding enthusiast
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The Ginkgo Agency, a Cape Town-based organisation focused on promoting positive news, recently published a short film telling Peter's moving story.
Hafeez Floris, Director of the short film, said the purpose of the video was to get Peter a skateboard. They were looking for people to donate their old boards so that Peter, and others like him, can get the opportunity to do something greater with their lives.
As a part of our beautiful news project, I came across Peter. He stood out from all the other skaters. I got to know him and found his story inspiring.— Hafeez Floris, short film director
Skate-Aid supports young children in troubled areas by bringing skateboarding to their communities. To learn more about the initiative, visit the Skate-Aid website.