Local community builder honoured

2020-01-29 06:02
Ncamisile Vertuin.PHOTO: supplied

Ncamisile Vertuin.PHOTO: supplied

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“Anything is possible even if you are living with a disability.”

These are the words of Ncamisile Vertuin from KwaMachibisa who recently won a Community Builder Award, organised by Icebelethu Group.

The award was created for people who are living with a disability but bringing change in the community.

Vertuin has been in a wheelchair for six years after she fell and injured her legs when she was in primary school.

She was in coma for nine months and when she woke up she discovered she could not walk.

Before she started using a wheelchair, she used crutches but was later told that she must make use of a wheelchair as she will never be able to walk again.

Vertuin is the founder of a non-profit organisation for disabled people called Proudly Able, which was established in 2016 with the aim to empower and give confidence to people living with disabilities.

Speaking to Echo, she said with this award she wants to encourage and motivate other people who are living with a disability so that they can hopefully achieve their goals regardless of their disabilities.

She said she feels very honoured to have won this award, beating contestants from all over KZN.

“I want to bring back hope to people who are living with disabilities. I want them to know that it is not the end of the world. They must not be scared to do things that they want to do. They must just learn to accept themselves and know that there is nothing wrong with them. They are just unique and are capable of doing anything they want,” she said.

Vertuin said her goal is to teach people about disabilities and also help those who are living with disabilities to accept themselves.

“I know that some of the people were not born disabled and that they had accidents and are now finding it difficult to accept the situation. I want to help them get through that phase and be able to move forward and do great things for their future through my organisation,” she said.

“I know it is not easy but if you have a good support structure it becomes easy. You learn to accept yourself. When I learnt about the news that I will be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life, I was devastated buy my mother supported me and eventually I accepted the situation.”

Vertuin said her dream is for the organisation to also reach people in the rural areas so that they can get help as well.

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