Neighbours raise R135 000 for paralysed PMB man

2015-09-25 09:48
Zak Dakers surround-ed by people who helped to raise money towards a motorised wheelchair for him.

Zak Dakers surround-ed by people who helped to raise money towards a motorised wheelchair for him. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - The local community has rallied behind a 20-year-old Eston man Zak Dakers, who became a quadriplegic after he was involved in a car accident in February.

An impressive R135 000 was raised in a sold-out three-night music concert called Rock Circus held at Eston Beaumont Farmers Club last week.

The money, which was generated through ticket sales as well as personal and company donations, will go towards the purchase of a specialised, motorised wheelchair for Dakers, which costs in the region of R250 000.

On Friday next week a charity golf day will be held at Victoria Country Club as another fundraiser for Dakers.

His father, Jock Dakers, said he has been overwhelmed by the support they have received.

“Some of these people don’t know Zak well, but found it in their hearts to help him. We can never thank everyone enough for what has been done for him,” said the father.

Dakers had just completed his level One Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) qualification as a wildlife field guide operator when the accident happened in Thabazimbi, Limpopo.

“Four of us from the camp went out for the night and on our return to the camp I was asleep in the front passenger seat so I do not recall what happened but it seems that the driver also feel asleep and hit a stationary truck on the side of the road,” said Dakers.

“When I woke up my head was between my legs and I could not move. I was asked by one of the guys if I was okay and I replied I was okay because this is how I felt at that time. I remember someone else shouting ‘Help me’ and I thought there was obviously someone badly hurt.”

The collision resulted in severe injuries to Dakers’s C4 and C5 vertebrae, leaving him without feeling from his neck down.

He was in the intensive care unit (ICU) for six months, almost all of that time connected to a ventilator.

His father said Dakers had made progress since his release from the hospital. “I believe that in ICU Zak met with God on some level and has matured spiritually because of his situation,” he said.

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