Fighting for an education

2019-01-09 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedHunta Holtzhuizen is in desperate need of funds in order to attend a school that can cater to his special needs.

PHOTO: suppliedHunta Holtzhuizen is in desperate need of funds in order to attend a school that can cater to his special needs.

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THE race is on to ensure that 15-year-old Hunta Holtzhuizen will be able to complete his schooling at a school that can cater for his special needs.

Funds are currently being raised for the pupil through a Backabuddy campaign, set up so that he can receive the education he needs to achieve his dreams.

An active boy who now runs three times a week and dreams of attending college one day, Hunta’s life was forever changed when he needed to be resuscitated after it was found that he was not breathing when he was born.

This lead to complications and, at age three-and-a-half, Hunta had to undergo an MRI brain scan after concerns were raised at his preschool regarding developmental decay.

Hunta was diagnosed with Right Temporal Lobe Impairment with a benign cyst found on the temporal lobe affecting his speech, balance, memory and concentration, and he has since been placed on the high functioning side of the autistic spectrum. Hunta is in Grade 8 this year.

“From the moment they placed my little boy in my arms in 2003, my priorities have changed.

“I have applied to have Hunta schooled in a high school environment this year that caters for his needs because unfortunately, in the area where we live, there are no affordable schools that can cater to this. His current school is also more for children who are deemed ‘normal’, and with this comes its own set of daily problems,” said Hunta’s mother, Sian Holtzhuizen.

Holtzhuizen said that after comparing three schools, each with a special education programme, she found that the fee per month came to R6 000, including transport.

To date, since creating the fundraising profile, Holtzhuizen said that they have raised enough to cover his admission fee to the school and now are looking to raise his first month’s fee.

“I am proud to champion my son and to be his voice, to show him that he is unique and to prove all the naysayers wrong.

“Hunta just wants to achieve his dreams and I really want to help him so that his potential can be nurtured and guided in the right direction,” said Holtzhuizen.

Since her husband was retrenched in April 2018, Holtzhuizen has been the sole provider in her home, covering medical costs, school fees for six children, rent, food and petrol.

“I am really battling with all of this on my own and it would put the biggest smile on mine and Hunta’s face to know that the world is for him and to start his new year off with a place where he can just be Hunta and loved for who he is,” said Holtzhuizen­.

If anyone wishes to donate to this cause please contact Sian Holtzhuizen at 078 475 0472 or 064 757 1416.

You can also visit the Backabuddy page at www.backabuddy.co.za/school-fees-sponsorship.

Hunta just wants to achieve his dreams and I really want to help him so that his potential can be nurtured and guided in the right direction,” said Holtzhuizen.

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