Resident yearns for independence

2018-07-10 06:00
PHOTO: PHINDILE SHOZIEric Britz is appealing to the community to assist in the funding, or donation, of, a lightweight wheelchair and car-rack to enable him to regain some of his long-desired independence.

PHOTO: PHINDILE SHOZIEric Britz is appealing to the community to assist in the funding, or donation, of, a lightweight wheelchair and car-rack to enable him to regain some of his long-desired independence.

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GAINING his independence is what Upper Highway resident Eric Britz has been yearning for ever since he got his leg amputated four years ago.

Britz, who is a welding teacher at Embocraft Shop and Training Trust, said he finds its very difficult to get in and out of his vehicle with his current wheelchair and he needs help to regain his independence.

A lightweight wheelchair and car-rack would go a long way in making life easier for him, though finding the funds for such items is problematic.

“To regain my own independence would be great. I hope I am able to get a lightweight wheelchair and a car-rack that will be installed of top of my car so that I’ll be able to put myself in the car and not wait for someone to help me,” said Britz.

He said that mobility is a daily struggle for him, even when he goes out shopping.
“I have to wait for someone to come, take the wheelchair from the boot and help put me in it. I can then push the trolley myself but I have to wait to be assisted to be put back into the car when I am done,” he said.

Britz said it’s not that he’s not appreciative of the help he gets but the problem is that he can’t keep on relying on people and needs to be able to do things for himself.

Additionally Britz said that his home is not compatible to his situation.

“The place I’m staying at is terrible, I can’t even bath as it does not have rails for me to hold on too so I’m forced to bath while seated on the wheelchair,” he explained.

He said it’s also important for him to get a place that’s compatible for a person who’s in a wheelchair but, for now, his only focus is to get a lightweight wheelchair which will allow him to gain his independence back and be able to live like other people.

Britz appealed to the public to assist him.

“I humbly put myself before the community to please help me in any way they can,” he said.

Those who might be willing to help Britz can contact the Embocraft Shop at 031 765 3697 or send an e-mail to

embocraft@telkomsa.net­

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