Teenager receives new wheelchair

2018-03-22 06:01
PHOTO: andile sitholeAt the wheelchair handover (from left) Cabangile Msomi, Johnson Chetty, Taruna Raghubir, Tashil Gojraj, Thandeka Msomi and (front) Sibusiso Msomi.

PHOTO: andile sitholeAt the wheelchair handover (from left) Cabangile Msomi, Johnson Chetty, Taruna Raghubir, Tashil Gojraj, Thandeka Msomi and (front) Sibusiso Msomi.

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THE family of a disabled boy in Waterloo was overjoyed after the Rotaract Club of Verulam donated a wheelchair to their grandson Sibusiso Msomi (19) on Friday, March 17.

His grandmother Cabangile Msomi said she has been struggling to get a new wheelchair to assist her in getting him to places.

“I have been struggling to get a wheelchair for my grandson,” Msomi said.

She said ever since his parents died when he was nine years old, she has been taking care of the child.

“I am very grateful for what the ward councillor and Rotaract Club [has done for] my grandson. I have been taking care of him after his parents passed away.

“I am a pensioner and it was difficult for me to carry him when we go to hospital for his checkups. The wheelchair will make my life more efficient. I would like to encourage the ward councillor and Rotaract Club members to continue helping the needy people,” Msomi said.

Rotaract’s Taruna Raghubir said: “We responded from a call of the ward councillor and secured a wheelchair.”

Ward councillor Johnson Chetty said: “I was distressed to find this youngster living in this condition. His grandmother couldn’t carry him around. My heartfelt thanks go to the Rotaract Club for speedily acceding to [my] request. It is pleasing to note that there are generous people out there who embrace the values of Ubuntu. As a society, we are judged by how we treat our young and vulnerable people,” he said.

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