Sick little girl’s dream comes true

2008-10-26 00:00

REACH for a Dream is in the business of making dreams come true and on Saturday they did just that for Joybells Mtolo, who suffers from Brittle Bone Disease.

Joybells (10) was born with this life threatening disease, which has resulted in many bone fractures, and has never been able to walk.

On Saturday, she forgot all about that as she was treated to prawns and roll mops, thanks to estate agents Re/Max Midlands and Jeremy Shearer, owner of Pesto, the Butchery and Saki restaurants.

Joybells’s number one dream was to meet Oprah and her second was eating prawns and roll mops at the Boston Barbeque, which is currently closed for renovations.

However, Pesto’s laid on her favourite meal for her and 12 of her foster siblings.

Joybells is one of 16 children currently fostered by Pam and Colin Boake, who have looked after about 350 children over the last 26 years.

“Joy was placed with us through the Welfare Department when she was born. She is such a loving, caring, compassionate, uncomplaining and undemanding child. She makes you want to do things for her. We have a strong bond and she is loved by everyone who meets her. We are privileged to look after her,” said Pam Boake.

Joybells described her day as the happiest of her life “because I got what I wished for”.

Bonny Niemand of Re/Max said Reach for a Dream is their charity of choice, supported by all their offices around the country.

“We raise funds for them to make all these dreams come true. I work closely with Gail [Booysen of Reach for a Dream] to make sure that happens,” she said.

Booysen described the day as a job well done.

“I definitely have the best job in the world. Just the smile says it all and the gratitude in the children’s faces is just amazing. Joybells is full of joy; her name says what she is.”

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