Bright star needs help

2019-07-23 06:25
Maredia Ahjum needs a cochlear implant. PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

Maredia Ahjum needs a cochlear implant. PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

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Maredia Ahjum (10) from Hanover Park needs help so that her light can shine brighter.

She dreams of becoming an inventor and those dreams might come true ... if she gets the urgent financial help she needs.

She has a hearing difficulty and needs to go for a cochlear implant which, according to her mother, will cost R190 000 and needs to be implanted as soon as possible. She is a Grade 4 learner at Carel du Toit Centre and has been excelling throughout her school career.

She is described as a young girl with a bright future ahead of her and has scooped multiple academic awards and says nothing will stop her from shining. She received the best academic award last year. She also received an award for unprepared reading in which she took part against children with no hearing difficulties. She has also previously received certificates for ballet, dance, arts and netball.

The enthusiastic, modest girl says she does not like it when people make a fuss about her achievements because she is just normal.

“I also did a photography course at school last year and as a result I know that you are not allowed to scratch the lenses. I am just telling you,” she says with a giggle.

At the tender age of 10, the eloquent girl reveals she enjoys reading novels and her favourite subject is mathematics

“I enjoy reading. Reading teaches you new things. When I’m big I want to become an inventor, I want to invent things to help the world. I want to go to the space to discover things to help the universe,” she expresses.

Her proud parents Rashied and Rashieda Ahjum say they feel blessed to have her and their wish is for her to be the best she can be. Rashied is a pensioner and says he is the breadwinner in the house. He sometimes sells bags of potatoes to supplement his pension. He describes his daughter as bubbly and as someone who lights up the room.

“She is a rare breed and I wish for her to do anything that makes her happy. She is good at everything, you must watch her when she acts and presents,” shares Rashied proudly.

Her mother is equally enthusiastic about her daughter’s future and says she wants her to be anything she wants to be.

“I just want her to enjoy life and she will forever be my kid no matter what. If she wants to be an inventor or a lawyer, it is up to her,” she beamed.

An account for people who wish to donate has been opened.

V For more information regarding donations, call Rashied on 073 196 8405.

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