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Meet Precious

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Precious drops on a halfpipe at Skateistan Johannesburg

A skateboarding project supported with money raised for Sport Relief has been life-changing for eleven-year-old Precious from South Africa.

Explore her story for yourself in this digital story designed for children aged 7-11.




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A collection of photos showing the variety of children that Sport Relief has helped, including Precious

The money you raise for Sport Relief helps people around the world live healthier, happier lives.

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A photo of Precious

This is the story of one girl. Her name is Precious.

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“Hi, I’m Precious. I’m eleven years old and I love skateboarding.”

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Precious smiling
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Precious lives in South Africa. Scroll down and take a look at the map. Where is South Africa and where do you live?

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Landscape of Johannesbourg

Precious lives in Johannesburg. It’s the largest city in South Africa.

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Precious walks down the street in her neighbourhood.

Johannesburg is one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Many children see crime and violence happening around them every day. Precious feels scared when she walks down the street.

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“I feel scared to walk in the streets. I don't like the dirty flats next to my flat, they are very scary. There are broken windows and broken doors.

There was this time when I was walking to the shop when I saw some people fighting. I thought about them hitting my dad and that they might hurt him. I was scared.”


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An animation shows Precious walking down the street past broken windows and broken doors. She witnesses a fight and is scared
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It’s hard to do important everyday things like playing and learning when you don’t feel safe.

If you were scared every day, how would your life be different?

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Precious using the finger print scanner to access her block of flats

Precious uses her fingerprint to get through the gates of her block of flats. Why do you think this is?

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“This is a security gate, where there is a fingerprint, so that thieves cannot enter into our flat. So I'm just going to show you how it works.”

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Precious demonstrates how she accesses her block of flats with a finger print scanner
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Precious and her family pose for a photograph at home while sitting on a sofa

Now we’re at her home, let’s meet Precious’ family.

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“I live with my mum, my dad and my baby sisters.”

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Precious introduces her family
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A panoramic image of Precious' home, including the kitchen, dining area and Precious' sleeping area

Precious’ family home is made up of three rooms. Scroll down to take a look around her living room. How is it similar and different to where you live?

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Precious sitting on her bed playing with her doll

Because it isn’t safe outside, Precious was only allowed to play inside her block of flats. There isn’t much space and the noise made her neighbours angry.

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The Skateistan logo painted on a wall

For the past year, Precious has visited a project near her home called Skateistan. What do you think she does there?

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Precious smiling and standing in front of the Skateistan logo

Skateistan is an out-of-school skateboarding club and learning centre for children and young people. It is supported with money raised for Sport Relief. Money raised by children just like you.

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All the children at Skateistan, including Precious, skating around the park and taking classes
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Precious and two other girls standing with their skateboards at the top of the half pipe

How does Skateistan help Precious and her friends? Let’s find out…

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Precious wearing her helmet and smiling at the camera

Thanks to money raised for Sport Relief, we’re able to support amazing projects like Skateistan and young people like Precious all over the world.

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Precious skateboards towards the camera and pulls a variety of faces

It’s time to say goodbye to Precious, but keep scrolling, because she’s got one last thing to say to you…

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“Hey guys, I really want you to take part in Sport Relief. Whatever moves you've got, just go for it!”

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Precious speaks to the camera and asks the viewers to take part in Sport Relief
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Children taking part in a variety of activities for Sport Relief

Now ask your teacher about ways your school can take part in Sport Relief.

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Precious doing a science experiment

Skateistan gives children extra lessons in science, maths, art and more. Children can also use the internet and get help with their homework. This is useful because many parents work in the evenings and often there is nowhere at home for children to concentrate.

Why is doing homework important?


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Sometimes I improve a lot at school because of Skateistan.

We don’t only do skateboarding, we also learn other things like mathematics, life skills, natural science and all those other things.

The homework sessions, we go to the second floor, there are people that help us there and there are computers to do research”

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Precious doing a science experiment
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Precious crossing the road

Skateistan teaches life skills, including road safety. In Johannesburg, the roads are very dangerous. Some cars don’t have breaks, so they can’t stop quickly if they see someone in the way.

Do you know how to cross the road safely?




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“In life skills we learn that when youre crossing the road first look right, look left and look right again. 

In self-defence, you have to like stand up for yourself, dont be scared, don’t be shy. We learnt how to stick up for ourselves when a bully is bullying us.”

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Precious crossing the road
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Precious smiling at the camera within a crowd

There are lots of gangs, drug dealing and violence on the streets of Johannesburg. Inside Skateistan, Precious can make friends and play safely with other children.

Where do you and your friends go to play?





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"The best thing about Skateistan is that they are good people, they are very friendly and they are polite.

If Skateistan wasn't here, I would feel like like there is no place to play at anymore."

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Precious smiling at the camera within a crowd
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Kelly skating and doing a big jump whilst the children watch and cheer

The volunteers at Skateistan teach the children new skills and help them with their homework. Precious’ favourite volunteer is Kelly. Precious looks up to Kelly and goes to her for advice.

Do you have a role model?


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“That's Kelly! Very good at skating. She's my role model.

Kelly's taught me how to do Rock to Fakies, Drops and Kick Turns.

We call her the 'Queen of Skating'!”

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Kelly skating and doing a big jump as the children watch and cheer
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Some people think skateboarding is only for boys. They’re wrong! At Skateistan, everyone can skate with whoever they want: boys and girls can skate together, and there are girls-only and boys-only sessions too.

How do you think Precious benefits from girls-only skateboarding sessions?

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 “One day I came into Skateistan and I asked, This is only for boys right?, then they said, It's for boys and girls.

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At Skateistan, children like Precious learn new skills and make friends. They get extra lessons and help with their homework. This helps them feel happier and more confident, at home and at school.

Can you think of something that makes you feel confident?

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“The first time I was doing the big drop my heart was beating a lot and I was so scared, I was like, ‘I'll fall!’. I dropped. It made me feel like I can skate, I can do anything.

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Precious does a drop on the high pipe
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Precious and another girl running to warm up

Skateboarding at Skateistan helps Precious stay fit and healthy. It’s also lots of fun! Keeping active is good for your body and it can help you feel happier too.

How many minutes are you active for, every day?


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Sports help people keep fit and they help lose weight.

It helps people's feelings because it's good to exercise and keep fit because some people have stress and they have to keep fit and they can not have stress.

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Precious and another girl running to warm up
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Precious skating up the half pipe

Skateistan teaches children how to skateboard. Skateboarding improves their strength, balance and overall fitness.

What is your favourite sport? What skills has it taught you?


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“My favourite move is a Rock to Fakie, so I’m going to show you what it is now.”

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Precious shows us her favourite skating move
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