Wheelchair campaign gains drive

2015-11-18 06:00
Photos: supplied Mbongeleni Mkize in his new     wheelchair which he got through the Change Your Wheels, Change a Life campaign. With him is Mark White Nissan New car sales manager, Travis Clarke.

Photos: supplied Mbongeleni Mkize in his new wheelchair which he got through the Change Your Wheels, Change a Life campaign. With him is Mark White Nissan New car sales manager, Travis Clarke.

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THE Mark White Nissan Wheelchair campaign has gained momentum as two more recipients received wheelchairs on Monday, 9 November.

One of the recipients was 19-year-old Ndunduzo Khuzwayo. He has a mental disability and experiences seizures.
“When he has had a seizure, he is unable to walk for days,” his mother, Janet says.

“He never cried at birth. He was a restless baby, even injections did not seem to calm him,” she added.
Janet says Ndunduzo has never had a wheelchair and they are so happy to be nominated by a community member, Bannie Burger, for the wheelchair.

“I heard that when Janet takes her son to collect his grant, it is a mission to get him there. She had to carry him on her back or push him in a wheelbarrow. I knew about the Mark White Nissan wheelchair campaign by did not have a computer to tell them. When I saw them at the NG Kerk kermis, I told marketing manager Carol Mathews. I am so happy for the donation, all praise must go to the Lord,” she said.

Ndunduzo’s mther said she will take him to church in his new wheelchair to give thanks.

Ndunduzo’s wheelchair was funded by the Rotary Foundation and donated by Chatsworth Rotary.

“The Rotary Foundation has donated over 100 wheelchairs over many years. We normally do it on a loan basis, asking recipients if they no longer have a use for it, to return it to us. When we get a call for a wheelchair, we do a house visit as we donate only to people from a disadvantaged background.
“The wheelchair Ndunduzo is receiving was made especially for an obese women, who sadly died,” said Steve Chokalingam, Chatsworth Rotary Community Service director and co-ordinator of the Rotary Wheelchair Project.

Most Toti people have seen Mbongeleni Mkize, who lives in KwaMakhutha, and wheels himself every day from there via Adams Road, to Toti Centre and back in the evening. He now has a temporary job - car guarding at the SAPS Toti.

“Mkize has been in a wheelchair since 1986, following a car accident near Woodhouse Garage. He was a passenger on the back of a bakkie, when it crashed and rolled,” Cllr André Beetge said.

He received the second wheelchair in the Mark White Nissan campaign, donated by the campaign.

“Cllr Beetge and Toti rugby fans, sent his name to us via the wish list, also asking us to put reflective tape on his wheelchair so that he can be seen at night while wheeling himself around. His registration plate is reflective as well, so we hope he can now be clearly seen,” said Mark White Nissan marketing manager, Carol Mathews.

Anyone wanting to donate can contact Mathews on 031 020 0500 or email
orcarol@mwntoti.co.za

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