New wheels changes child’s life

2015-09-02 06:00
Kwanele Mlambo, his parents and the team from Mark White Nissan at the wheelchair handover.
Photo: tania sandberg

Kwanele Mlambo, his parents and the team from Mark White Nissan at the wheelchair handover. Photo: tania sandberg

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KWANELE Mlambo (5) was the lucky recipient of Mark White Nissan Amanzimtoti, community initiative “Change Your Wheels, Change a Life” campaign on 26 August.

Kwanele was born with a hole in his spine - spinal bifida - and hydrocephalus, which has led to him having a shunt put in however, he still has no use of his legs. “This wheelchair will make a huge difference in our lives. Up until now, he has been using a baby walking ring, but without the use of his legs, it does not help much and he has grown too big. “Lately he slides himself into a seated position to get around and is becoming too heavy to leave the house with us,” said his father Sifiso.

Sifiso’s employers nominated Kwanele as the recipient of the initiative. Kwanele’s face lit up as he was placed in the wheelchair. With his father­’s encouragement, Kwanele easily took to manoeuvring it backwards and forwards with his hands and soon closed the distance between him and his father, proving he is a fast learner.

Mark White Nissan Amanzimtoti started the campaign in April, where a percentage is put aside for the wheelchair foundation from any vehicle that is sold at the dealership. The campaign was launched in April, and from May, it has handed over a wheelchair a month.

The idea is the brainchild of marketing manager, Carol Mathews, who saw a similar campaign overseas.

“I would like to thank our sales manager, Travis Clarke and Dealer Principal, Erwin Vermaak for supporting me. On behalf of Mark White Nissan Amanzimtoti, thank you to our all who have purchased vehicles from us, who have supported and contributed to this amazing campaign and for our wheelchairs suppliers, Prime + Care, Cape Town,” Mathews said.

Anyone needing a wheelchair or an upgrade on an existing one can email Mathews on “Please follow our Facebook page for all our handovers, like and share. We need more people to be aware of our campaign.”

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