Partially blind boy exceeds expectations, wins international essay contest

Joel Greek has received the grand prize in the Lions Club International Essay Competition, in New York.

Joel Greek was honoured by the Western Cape Social Development Department after he won an international contest. Picture: @SA_Heroes via Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - The mother of a partially blind Cape Town boy, who won an international essay contest, says her son has exceeded all her expectations.

Joel Greek, aged 12, will today be honoured by Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz during a special awards ceremony at the Athlone School for the Blind.

His mother Inge Greek says her son, who was diagnosed with optic glaucoma when he was just six months old, continues to amaze her.

"It was quite remarkable to be with all these people because of my son and his achievements, even me and the school were being catapulted into this world, which I think none of us thought we'd be. It's been hard work and it's lovely to see how everything is blossoming around him."

Last month, Joel received the grand prize in the Lions Club International Essay Competition in New York.

To read Joel Greek's essay, click here.