Encouraging young people to make the right choices in life, a Reading Fixer’s inspiring boxing story is a knockout with others.
Oscar Manjengwa is showcasing the importance of finding good role models and using sports as a method for personal growth.
The 22-year-old launched his campaign with an open-mic night at Reading University’s Mojo Bar on Saturday 22nd March to an audience of young people.
The attendees enjoyed a screening of a film that Oscar created with the help of Fixers, as well as performances from musicians, dancers and a spoken-word piece.
‘My message is important because in my experience not everyone learns discipline from school, and school alone can’t develop every single individual,’ explains Oscar.
‘We want to encourage parents to be open-minded about sport because it can help their children in a number of ways.
‘I want to encourage young people to get active and make the most of gyms in their local community.’
The short Fixers film ‘Stay out of Trouble, Get into Sport’ was shown at the event and depicts the true story of Tamuka Muchapondwa, who turned his life around after taking up boxing.
‘I think the most important impact the film will have is that it will encourage those from negative backgrounds to have a positive influence on their environment,’ says Oscar.
‘Our main character is from an area with a negative reputation, yet he was able to keep a positive mind and achieve his goals.’
Oscar is pleased that the film was well received by the audience, who described it as ‘inspirational’ and ‘positive’, and that people in the area are embracing the campaign.
‘I have had a great response to my Fixers project. Every time I walk around my local area I encounter people with positive words to say about what we are doing in the community.
‘I hope that the film can be used by boxing gyms and local schools as a tool to promote positive youth action as well as participation in sports.
‘Working with Fixers has given me the recognition I need in my community to make a positive difference.’
Watch 'Stay out of Trouble, Get into Sport' at the top of this page.
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Scroll down to see some photos from the Fixers screening event.