Wheelchair champion wins Scottburgh hero award

2011-03-30 00:00

SCOTTBURGH Rotarian Dave Hampton is a hero. This was recognised by Nedbank’s Local Heroes programme when it honoured Hampton as its latest hero at a well-attended function at the Blue Marlin Hotel in Scottburgh last week.

Hampton, then living in Johannesburg, suffered a stroke some 14 years ago, leaving him with a speech impediment and limited dexterity. Instead of concerning himself with his own problems, he joined a wheelchair project in Johannesburg 11 years ago under the auspices of Rotary.

Moving to Scottburgh shortly afterwards and joining Scottburgh Rotary, of which he became president, he replicated the project in the mid-South Coast and by Thursday had provided 539 wheelchairs to deserving local beneficiaries.

In a speech at the ceremony, Richard Alborough, district governor of Rotary in KZN, said Hampton’s contribution equated to about R412 320.

The Nedbank Local Hero programme acknowledges the contributions made by clients of the bank to their local communities without recompense to themselves.

Aneska Dupont, a Nedbank portfolio division manager and an assistant governor of Rotary, whose dual interests combine to promote her support for local heroes, said the programme has recognised several heroes among the local community, rewarding them each with a R10 000 cheque.

Hampton gave much of the credit to people and organisations that have helped him, including Rotary and Rushmoor Club, a UK-based sponsor that sources the second-hand wheelchairs. Rushmoor sends the wheelchairs to Northcliffe, which distributes them to Scottburgh Rotary, among others.

He also thanked the Blue Marlin for providing storage space and RIP Coffins for handling deliveries.

In thanking Nedbank for their award, Hampton said the R10 000 would greatly help him in the expensive undertaking of providing wheelchairs.

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