New DAWN for the disabled

2015-04-30 06:00


Recipients Jennifer Dlikidla, Chris Busika, Silvia Dastile, Nozipho Bhebheza with members of DAWN and Lehlohonolo Educare Centre during the handover. Councillor Xoliswa Phakela-Mapasa is first on the left back.
PHOTO: 
mAndla Mahashe

Recipients Jennifer Dlikidla, Chris Busika, Silvia Dastile, Nozipho Bhebheza with members of DAWN and Lehlohonolo Educare Centre during the handover. Councillor Xoliswa Phakela-Mapasa is first on the left back. PHOTO: mAndla Mahashe

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Getting round and about is quite difficult when you are wheelchair bound; it is even more challenging when you don’t have a wheelchair.

It was because of this that the Democratic Alliance Women’s Network (DAWN) sought wheelchair donations for four disabled individuals from Old Crossroads.

Last Friday, PR councillor Xoliswa Phakela-Mapasa, handed over the four brand new wheelchairs to the group.

Mapasa said that she was deeply saddened to hear that some of these recipients had been using borrowed wheelchairs.

“When you are an able person you take things like mobility for granted when the are people who struggle to get around.

I was touched to hear these people’s predicament from our local DAWN organiser Khunjulwa Guya and I decided to take action,” she told City Vision.

Phakela–Mapasa said that she contacted City mayor Patricia De Lille and told her about the predicament.

“She responded very possible and as a result she made it possible for us to be delivering these wheelchairs today.

I know that there is so much more we can do for these individuals but I think that this is the beginning,” she said.

Chris Busika, 42, is one of the beneficiaries who were excited about the gift saying that it came at just the right time.

“The one that I was using was very old and at times I have to ask people to carry me to a place or fix it.

I’m very happy that they offered these gifts to us they will make a difference,” he said.

Jennifer Dlikidla, 31, said that she would not be able to travel around the location without worrying that her old wheelchair will give her trouble.

“An old wheelchair gives one so many troubles and are quite painful so I’m very happy were are receiving new ones,” she said

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