AwareNow: Issue 25: The Light Edition

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‘GLOBAL GOOD’ EXCLUSIVE COLUMN BY TANITH HARDING

STACEY FRU

A CONVERSATION WITH THE YOUNG AUTHOR & ACTIVIST Stacey Fru is a 14-year-old South African International Multiple Award-Winning Child Author and Activist. She wrote her first book “Smelly Cats” at age 7 and has dedicated a portion of her life to reaching out, inspiring and educating people of various ages across the world. In addition, she is the face of the African Union and International Labour Organisations campaign for the elimination of child labour and runs The Stacey Fru Foundation lending support to children and care homes across South Africa. TANITH: Stacey you are 14 years old and yet you have already achieved what most people would consider ambitious for a lifetime! What inspired you to do what you do?

STACEY: Thank you so much. My story begins in 2014 which is 8 years ago this year. I was a small ambitious 7-yearold, who was unaware of what the world had to offer. I was a creative, bossy and very noisy child. My parents described me then as bubbly. In October of that year my mother graduated with her masters. She hosted a graduation party at home, and all went well until a few days AFTER the celebration. We had gathered around one morning to watch the graduation pictures slides and videos that my uncle compiled for us. In those videos, I began to notice everyone praising a particular book (keep in mind little Stacey had no idea what a thesis was). So as we continued watching I put the pieces together and came a conclusion that my mother had written a book, without telling me. Therefore, I decided to start writing my own book without telling her. That is how my first book titled Smelly Cats was born when I was 7.

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