Retief is Honorary Patron to MAD (Make a Difference) charity.
MAD gives academic talented but economically disadvantaged youths an exceptional opportunity to reach their full potential as leaders and role models in South African society. In doing this MAD'S eventual aim is to create alumni of MAD beneficiaries who create a force for positive change in an emerging democracy. www.themadbunch.com
MAD is a Cape Town-based charity organization with its main focus on providing educational opportunities for talented less fortunate children. The Foundation was born out of a dream that Francois Pienaar and his friends had of making a difference in the lives of young South Africans.
MAD was formed in July 2003. MAD stands for – “Make A Difference”. The whole idea around MAD is to join a circle of friends who share the same passion to make a difference in the lives of South African youth, to get together and interact on a regular basis.
There are so many worthy causes, especially in South Africa and how does one justify one ahead of the other? This is indeed impossible; MAD firmly believes that education is the key.
‘...Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ Nelson Mandela...