Raising funds, one toe at a time

2017-06-20 06:01
Amashova challenge wheelchair racer Grant Oosthuyzen.Photo: supplied

Amashova challenge wheelchair racer Grant Oosthuyzen.Photo: supplied

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NEW Germany resident Grant Oosthuyzen (25) is an inspiration to many for taking up a challenge at the Amashova Durban Classic Race where he will be the first person to ride 35 kms using one big toe with a power wheelchair to raise R80 000 for KZN Boccia.
Oosthuyzen, also a bowls coach at KZN Boccia, said he will be starting the race from Hillcrest to Durban on Sunday, October 22, all in the name of fund-raising.

“I have the privilege of playing Boccia for 14 years and for most of those years I was ranked number one in South Africa. I was chosen to represent SA and went to the games in Portugal. What an experience that was. “Unfortunately, due to the lack of funding in 2016 KZN lost their rankings as they were unable to attend the national games, but KZN did their best to get their ranking back in PE this year.
“Funding for coaching has also been stopped because of ranking. This year I thought the KZN team needs to do something to raise funds for next year and decided I would do 35 km of the Amashova race. The money raised will be shared for coaching and for the KZN Boccia team to go to Bloemfontein for the 2018 SASAPD National Championships.
“I have given talks at various venues and received some financial contributions. Others are going to sponsor me by the kilometre I do in the race.”
The electric wheelchair is being built and sponsored by Mr Wheelchair in Pinetown.
“The Kloof Rotary Club and everyone has helped so much from prizes to donations, and don’t forget all the helpers. Some will support the fund-raiser we are having at Knowles Spar to create awareness and hopefully get more sponsors for the ride.

“My dad, brothers and a few of my friends are riding with me as well as a physio and a mechanical team will be on standby in case anything goes wrong.

“Doing this race is a real challenge for me as I am using my big toe to drive the wheelchair.

This takes the race to a whole new level which I hope will create interest from other wheelchair users to do this race in the future.

Oosthuyzen and stakeholders have planned a promotion day at Knowles Spar in Pinetown on Saturday 1 July.
“The KZN team and others teams will be showcasing KZN Boccia at 9 am until 2 pm.

We are asking people to come and support this initiative. People will also get the chance to meet Oosthuyzen, the KZN Boccia team, Play Boccia, wheelchair races, music and there are prizes to be won, a gift card and a meal voucher and raffles prizes are a toolkit, sponsored by Build it and a photograph on canvas by GMO Photography. Raffle tickets are R20. Money raised will go to the Amashova race.
“For more information, phone 072 117 3716 or visit our Facebook page “Grant’s Amashova”.

Boccia is played by competitors who have a physical disability, that requires the a wheelchair


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