Blind surfer receives custom-made surfboard

2016-01-06 06:00
With the custom-made surfboard (from left) Sapphire Coast Tourism chairperson Kim McCarthy, Danito Mondlani, Durban Tourism office manager Sibongile Ntetha and Amanzimtoti beach superintendent Jayce Govender. Photo: supplied

With the custom-made surfboard (from left) Sapphire Coast Tourism chairperson Kim McCarthy, Danito Mondlani, Durban Tourism office manager Sibongile Ntetha and Amanzimtoti beach superintendent Jayce Govender. Photo: supplied

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IN December Fever reported on blind surfer Danito Mondlani, who turned 12 and was wishing for a surfboard for Christmas.
eThekwini Lifesaving and Sapphire­ Coast Tourism organised a fund-raiser to give Danito a 7’6” mini-mile custom-made surfboard before Christmas and he was presented with it on 24 December, 2015.

“Our hearts skipped a beat when anonymous donors responded to your article on Danito, helping us reach our R2 000 target. We all grouped together on 24 December to present Danito with his donation and when tourists responded to DJ Paul’s call to add to Danito’s kitty, we collected a total amount of R4 244,” said Sapphire Coast Tourism’s Kim McCarthy.

“The cherry on the cake was when our beach superintendent, Jayce Govender­, was advised when ordering the surfboard, that they would sponsor a further R1 000 towards creating a brailled surfboard with all attachments, rounding it off to a whopping R5 200,” she added.

McCarthy said the public response has been absolutely amazing and Danito­ is beyond excited about his new hobby.

“I started surfing at the end of May. I love being in the waves. It is the most awesome feeling when you are on top of the waves,” he says.

Danito has been an inspiration so much so that Govender, Chris Botha from Netcare 911, and Wesley Smith have now embarked on a new campaign to qualify a group of disabled lifeguards.

“We are looking for disabled youngsters under the age of 18, who are dedicated, will put many years towards service and train others under the age of 18. We already have two candidates for our first programme, Danito being one of them, and we are looking for eight more,” said Govender.

He added that the disabled lifesavers will qualify as QCs. “It is a Saqua-accredited lifesaving qualification which is internationally recognised. The qualification is normally for guys who cannot make qualifying swim time, but are able to do all the other lifesaving duties [besides actual rescuing] such as manning radio, first aid, mingling with the public, crowd control and assisting with boat patrols. They can still do rescue if they choose, but will not hold eThekwini responsible. We are now looking for contacts to come in. They can contact Govender on 074 562 4888.

Govender said no one will be turned away, and they will identify­ where best people can be utilised­.

DANITO HAS BEEN AN INSPIRATION SO MUCH SO THAT GOVENDER, CHRIS BOTHA FROM
NETCARE 911, AND WESLEY SMITH HAVE NOW
EMBARKED ON A NEW CAMPAIGN TO QUALIFY A GROUP OF DISABLED
LIFEGUARDS.

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