MOBILISING the community

2016-05-11 06:00
Jan de Jongh, the happy recipient of a new wheelchair.  Photo: supplied

Jan de Jongh, the happy recipient of a new wheelchair. Photo: supplied

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MOTOR dealership, Mark White Nissan is still in pursuit of mobilising the community. The dealership has donated another wheelchair in its “Change Your Wheels, Change a Life” campaign.

This month’s happy recipient is Jan de Jongh, who was nominated by his daughter, Rina Nel, after being referred to the dealership by Helpende Hand.

“My dad [69] had a stroke 10 weeks ago on his left side and four weeks later he needed an emergency operation to save his right leg. During the operation they had to remove his muscles and tendons and this has caused him to have a foot that hangs. He will be using a back slab to keep his foot straight.
“With the combined effects of the stroke affecting his left side and the operation affecting his right side he has a long road ahead to enable him to walk with a walker. A wheelchair will help him to be mobile,” Jan’s daughter Rina said.

Thanking the dealership, Rina said: “What Nissan is doing is amazing, you don’t know what it means to us for my dad to have a wheelchair, he is now more mobile and my mother is free to do more around the house. Please thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts.”

For every car sold, Mark White Nissan donates a percentage of the profit towards the wheelchair campaign. To date mostly manual powered wheelchairs have been donated through the campaign, but Mark White Nissan is hoping for a miracle which will enable them to donate at least three electrical wheelchairs for Durban’s Open Air School.
The dealership started campaigning for this in November and is looking for sponsors or donors to partner with them. Each chair costs about R18 000 and sponsors will receive print media exposure, as well as exposure on East Coast Radio with Damon Beard.

Contact Carol on 031 020 0500 to assist or visit the Mark White
Nissan Amanzimtoti
Facebook page

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