By Ntombovuyo Ngaphu
All around me, fellow Rhodes students chanted the song “Ice cold snow” each time when a ‘hero’ was about to walk on hot coal, bare foot. The chant was meant to motivate and ease the fire walkers’ anxiety as they were about to do one of the bravest acts, and all in support of fellow students who come from underprivileged backgrounds.
The fire walk is a yearly event of the Give5 campaign, which collects funds from different events and pools them into the Pocket Money Fund to assist students who cannot afford to buy toiletries and other necessities on a monthly basis.
Although it’s an experience you need to see to believe, Ukufunda managed to get some pictures and videos to commemorate the event.
The stack of grass on which the hot coal will be placed is situated between the fire and the bowl of cold water Picture: Ntombovuyo Ngaphu
Students patiently wait for the fire to finally consume the wood and turn it into coal Picture: Ntombovuyo Ngaphu
The coal has now been placed on the stack of grass and its red colour shows that it is indeed very hot Picture: Ntombovuyo Ngaphu
Event’s facilitator, Gordon Cooper of the Phoenix Foundation folds his pants as he prepares to demonstrate for the students how to walk on coal without getting burnt Picture: Ntombovuyo Ngaphu
Boots off, feet out, the road ahead is still very hot Picture: Ntombovuyo Ngaphu
Fire walkers line up to walk on coal Picture: Ntombovuyo Ngaphu
Botha House residents support the event by selling hot dogs for R20 each Picture: Ntombovuyo Ngaphu
Fun as always: Botha guys pose for a picture in front of the ingredients that they use to make their hot dogs even more delicious Picture: Ntombovuyo Ngaphu