Wheelchair campaign keeps giving

2016-12-14 06:02
 Photo: tania sandberg Receiving a wheelchair from Mark White Nissan on behalf of their schools (in front) is Thaliyah Pillay with (back, from left) principal Kevin Maiden (Warner Beach Preparatory), Mark White Nissan sales manager Travis Clarke and marketing and sales Carol Mathews, principal John Vorster (Athlone Park Primary) and Thaliyah’s parents, Swanee and Kevin Pillay.

Photo: tania sandberg Receiving a wheelchair from Mark White Nissan on behalf of their schools (in front) is Thaliyah Pillay with (back, from left) principal Kevin Maiden (Warner Beach Preparatory), Mark White Nissan sales manager Travis Clarke and marketing and sales Carol Mathews, principal John Vorster (Athlone Park Primary) and Thaliyah’s parents, Swanee and Kevin Pillay.

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THIS month motor dealership Mark White Nissan’s wheelchair campaign took their project to the next level when two wheelchairs were donated to Athlone Park Primary School and Warner Beach Preparatory School.

The motor dealership has donated 22 wheelchairs to the community this year.

For every car they sell, a portion of the sales goes towards their wheelchair campaign. Mark White Nissan does so in partnership with Prima Care who supplies the wheelchairs at a reasonable price.

Warner Beach Preparatory principal Kevin Maiden said the school is most grateful and thankful for the donation.

“As a result of inclusive education, schools are now taking in children with ailments, injuries and walking problems. The wheelchair will assist us to a great extent in getting them around school,” he said.

Athlone Park Primary acting principal John Vorster said there are currently two children in wheelchairs at the school and the donated wheelchair will be extremely helpful as an emergency wheelchair.

The principal said it would also be beneficial for children who need a wheelchair as a result of an injury or other ailments. “We have ramps in various classrooms and are also building more ramps where we have not had before,” Vorster added.

Athlone Park Primary Grade 3 pupil, nine-year-old Thaliyah Pillay, received the wheelchair on behalf of the school, with her principal.

“Thaliyah was born with Osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease). Her first fracture occurred at 22 days old. She had a second fracture, at the age of six months and was subsequently diagnosed. Thaliyah goes for consecutive treatment where she spends three days in Westville Hospital, every three months. She is treated by paediatric endocrinologist, Dr Kubendran Pillay,” said her mom, Swanee Pillay.

“We also have a brilliant orthopedic surgeon, Mr Robert Fraser at Hillcrest Private Hospital who performed surgery when she broke her entire left leg badly on New Year’s eve (she had numerous fractures during the years, but this was her first operation) and she had rods put in. Later during the year, Thaliyah sustained a fracture to her right leg. This resulted in a second operation and having put in rods in the leg on the first of November,” she added. “Although Thaliyah has missed almost half a year of school, she is very talented and hard working and achieved a good academic report,” said her principal.

Thaliyah was happy to try out the school’s new wheelchair with the Mark White Nissan number plate and judging by her smile, it was a great fit for her and the other children who would use it.

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