Motivator Musa Zulu brings mobility and a message of hope

2007-12-24 00:00

“SANTA WHEELS” comes riding on a wheelchair, not on a sleigh, and he is giving away wheelchairs and toys to children in KwaZulu-Natal hospitals.

Instead of the Santa trademark “ho ho ho”, his catch phrase is “Thisability this Christmas”.

Author, artist and motivational speaker Musa Zulu is Santa in a wheelchair, and is not only delivering wheelchairs and gifts, but also giving motivational talks to children with disabilities at hospitals.

The initiative, in which Zulu will visit hospitals in the 12 districts of the province, is supported by the KZN Health Department.

Zulu said he knows and understands the needs of people with disabilities because he is in the same situation. “I believe this is my field, since I am in a wheelchair myself, so there is no one who can understand the situation better than I do.”

He said beneficiaries will be children who have been abandoned because of their condition, recently injured people, and children who are unable to spend Christmas with their families because of a lack of infrastructure at home. “This is long overdue, we should have done this a long time ago,” said Zulu.

KZN Health spokesman Leon Mbangwa said the campaign is aimed at “generating increased awareness of the need to capacitate disabled people with dealing and accepting disability positively through support and compassion”.

The campaign has received support from government departments, businesses and organisations.

Toys were donated by East Coast Radio Toy Story and the Transport Department, while the Quadriplegic Association of South Africa (Qasa) donated wheelchairs.

As part of his motivational strategies Zulu will also be carrying his 2007 Platinum Award trophy, recently presented to him by the Black Business Quarterly.

sandilez@witness.co.za

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