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South Africa Trip Feb 2015
  
Buckle Up and Go

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Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, has been in the news a lot over the last few days because of a recent shark attack there during a surfing competition. This beautiful town on the Eastern Cape holds many dangers, but believe it or not, sharks are not the most pressing problem.

Earlier this year, I joined several RetailROI team members on the trip of a lifetime to Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, and experienced both the beauty of the area and the poverty that threatens its people.

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  • John Orr, SVP Retail for Ceridian

John journeyed to South Africa with the Retail Orphan Initiative. Together, with a team from Intel, the RetailROI group deployed a new tablet-based education system from Intel in an after-school program in an impoverished area of Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. John describes his experience:

The trip was an amazing, joyful, and tearful experience all in one. Ria, who runs the school, lost her sister, Korna, years ago when they were carjacked and Korna was shot and killed. Ria spent years trying to understand it and find her purpose in life. She came upon these orphans and kids in need and found it. Lindsay got involved 8 years ago, and has raised monies to build a safe house on the school property and fund other improvements.

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