Learners unite to assist a peer

2019-04-02 06:00
Lerato Lisoetsa leads learners in the Walk for Legs fundraiser.

Lerato Lisoetsa leads learners in the Walk for Legs fundraiser.

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Learners at Abbotts College in Claremont showcased their talents in their annual concert, with this year’s proceeds being donated to a fellow learner in need.

The school hosts their annual Abbots Live concert in March, and this year’s performances were extra special as the proceeds would be donated to a fund created for a learner at the school, Lerato Lisoetsa (23).

Lisoetsa, as a young child, contracted a debilitating disease affecting her arms and legs. Since contracting the disease she has endured a number of operations which have included the amputation of her legs.

Her current prosthetics are outdated and uncomfortable, and so Lerato’s Fund was established in October 2018 with the intention of raising the money required to make her a new set of prosthetics. This was the catalyst for the idea to host this year’s annual talent show to raise funds for her.

“This year we decided that charity begins at home, and a joint decision from Abbotts Drama teacher Gaby Claassens, myself and Julette Pullen (ex-deputy principal and one of three signatories on the fund) chose Leratos Fund,” says Abbotts College spokesperson, Arlene Brown.

The fund was established by Brown, Pullen and Lisoetsa’s sponsor, Jane Reddick.

The concert attracted approximately 250 people and managed to raise R2 000 for Lisoetsa’s cause, with a number of generous donations and school fund-raisers managing to garner another R25 000 towards her legs.

The creation of custom prosthetics is costly and she will still need more help to attain her new pair.

Brown estimates that the cost could be “R80 000 at least – just for the materials. The prosthetic engineer is waiving his labour costs.”

More than R55 000 is needed to cover these costs.

The school previously hosted the first Walk for Legs fund-raiser in 2018, with the next walk to be confirmed for late April or early May, and will continue to host a number of events in an attempt to raise the entire amount required.

Despite her overwhelming physical and financial challenges, Lisoetsa is persevering in her school work and is currently completing her matric part-time.V To make a donation or for more info email Arlene Brown on abrown@abbotts.co.za or call 021 671 1173.

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