Nwabisa (17) sees her ultimate dream come true

2018-03-07 06:00
Nwabisa’s dream came true when the Reach For A Dream Foundation presented her with her an iPhone 7. Photos:THANDI SETOKOE

Nwabisa’s dream came true when the Reach For A Dream Foundation presented her with her an iPhone 7. Photos:THANDI SETOKOE

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HER biggest dream was to one day own an iPhone 7 cellphone and thanks to the Reach For A Dream Foundation (RFAD) that wish was fulfilled last week.

Port Elizabeth-based Nwabisa (17) was referred to RFAD by medical doctors as she suffers from a life-threatening illness.

Currently in Grade 11, this brave girl aspires to be a forensic investigator or a pharmacist in the near future.

Described as a hardworking and disciplined learner, Nwabisa said she had always wanted an iphone but knew that her grandmother would never afford to buy her one.

“As the organisation, we make it our mission to fulfil every child’s dream, regardless of how big or small. So, when Nwabisa shared her dream with me, we had to make it a reality,” RFAD coordinator Heather Mazomba said.

The organisation then took Nwabisa’s wishes into account when planning her dream day and put together a morning of surprises.

Her day included being a pharmacist for a day at Clicks Pharmacy in Greenacres, under the supervision of manager Janette Koen and a tour to the United Pharmaceutical Distributors (UPD), a preferred supplier to the Clicks retail store network.

Thereafter she was awarded her dream iPhone 7.

“We showed her a bit of retail pharmacy which is divided into two sections – the over-the-counter and the prescription section. We also counted out tablets,” Koen said.

The overjoyed teen said she was beyond happy with her new toy.

“This phone is very expensive and I’m going to take very good care of it.”

Nwabisa’s grandmother, Rose, expressed her gratitude to everyone who contributed to making Nwabisa’s dream come true.

RFAD in Port Elizabeth has a mandate to fulfil more than 100 dreams a year.

“A lot of planning goes into making a child’s dream a success and it’s heartbreaking when a child can’t experience that dream.

“Sometimes the child gets sick before the big day and we have to cancel everything,” Mazomba said.

For example, if it’s an oncology child, we have to plan around their chemotherapy, Mazomba added.

For 29 years, the organisation has brought hope, joy and healing to children and their families by offering the child a magical moment to regain their childhood that is being lost to an illness.

“For children, attitude is everything and they need all the encouragement they can get. Whatever the dream, it often gives the child hope and courage to carry on the fight,” Mazomba said.

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