Two deserving wheelchair recipients say ‘thank you’

2015-10-21 06:00
Mrs Henderson (left) and Marietjie Fourie (right) are the latest recipients of wheelchairs in the Mark White Nissan, Change your Wheels, Change a Life campaign. Handing over the wheelchairs Bianca Brown (second left) and Correen Walker.  With Marietj

Mrs Henderson (left) and Marietjie Fourie (right) are the latest recipients of wheelchairs in the Mark White Nissan, Change your Wheels, Change a Life campaign. Handing over the wheelchairs Bianca Brown (second left) and Correen Walker. With Marietj

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TWO women, both in need of mobility to make them and their families lives easier and happier were the latest recipients in the Mark White Nissan, community initiative Change your Wheels, Change a Life campaign on 7 October.

The 89-year-old Mrs Henderson says she had a bad fall on 27 July and shattered her hip.

“I have always been fit and well, until this accident. I was an active sports woman and played hockey and kept fit, so it is very difficult for me not to be able to be out and about. As a result of me shattering my hip, my leg did not work properly and they cannot operate because it is too dangerous.”

Henderson said she has been bedridden since the incident and felt very weak, but now is extremely thankful for the wheelchair.

“It has been a wonderful surprise. I knew nothing until they phoned,” she said. The granny who lives in Montclair, has two children, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The way in which Henderson acquired the wheelchair nomination is a story in its own. Amanzimtoti’s Bianca Brown shared the Facebook post of last month’s Mark White Nissan wheelchair handover with a friend overseas, who then tagged in Henderson’s friend Correen Walker in Toti, who then got hold of Carol Mathews, Mark White Nissan, via the campaign email.

The second recipient, Marietjie Fourie from Amanzimtoti, suffered two heart attacks within a couple of months, which left her weak and which damaged her body. Marietjie is diabetic which equates slow healing, which she has been struggling with for the past year.

“I am a wife and a mother with three children and it has been difficult because I can’t move from inside to outside and spend time with my children. I am looking forward to be able to move freely again.”

Mark White Nissan Amanzimtoti started the campaign, 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, the dealership has handed over a wheelchair every month.

This month’s wheelchairs were sponsored by partners Tanya Bouic and Dean Wright of ScubaCo Diving and Travel in Umkomaas. Bouic said they intend on sponsoring a wheelchair quarterly. The wheelchair suppliers are Prime + Care, Cape Town.

The campaign is hoping to next sponsor an electric chair for the Open Air School in Durban and is looking for donations and/or sponsors to help towards this by the end of October. The cost of this chair is R18 000. Anyone able to assist can email Mark White Nissan Marketing manager, Carol Mathews on

Anyone needing a wheelchair or an upgrade on an existing one can email Mark White Nissan Marketing Manager, Carol Mathews­ on

Follow its Facebook page for all the handovers, like and share. “We need more people to be aware of our campaign,” Mathews said. - Supplied.

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