Local will sing to settle the score

2017-10-17 06:00
Fuad Sawyer will use his voice to raise money to pay his medical bill.PHOTO: nomzamo yuku

Fuad Sawyer will use his voice to raise money to pay his medical bill.PHOTO: nomzamo yuku

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Fuad Sawyer from Woodstock will sing for his supper to pay for the leg operation he underwent due to diabetes.

He is appealing to members of the public to help him raise funds through a benefit concert called The Evergreen Tenors that will take place at the office of the Cape Town Society for the Blind in Salt River on Saturday 11 November at 14:30. Tickets cost R100 each from Computicket.

The 61-year-old was diagnosed with diabetes five years ago. He suffered from a cut wound that did not heal for months and eventually developed an infection. He says when he visited a doctor he was shocked to hear that he needed emergency surgery as the infection had already spread in his leg.

Sawyer says since then he has been battling to pay his medical bills and live a healthy lifestyle. He says his life changed drastically and he could no longer earn an income, forcing him to rely on his disability grant and his wife’s financial help.

“She is trying to make ends meet, but I have to meet her halfway. At least, despite my health condition, I still have a voice to sing. Since I am appealing for help from members of the public, I would also like to give them what I can in return, which is my voice. I want to sing to earn the money. I love singing, I have been singing all my life and it is all I can offer.

“All the funds raised through the concert will go to my medical bill. If I get more than I need, I will donate to a local charity,”

Sawyer says he owes the hospital R12 000 for the operation on his left leg. He says he managed to negotiate a monthly instalment of R200 but now that he notices his health is deteriorating, he is worried he might not be able to afford to pay the debt on his own and life would become difficult for his family. Sawyer says he has just discovered that his eyes also need medical attention as he is slowly losing his sight.

With the concert he hopes to ensure he is ready for the next step of his life without having to worry about the previous debt.

He says he believes his fundraising campaign will be a success because the public also came to his rescue when he needed a prosthetic leg after the operation in 2015.

“I had a similar concert and the results were amazing. I paid for my prosthetic leg. I am still grateful for that, hence I believe that people will come through for me once again. I do not want to just beg but rather offer something back.”

He says he will be joined by well-known local artists, including Nicola Cencherie, James Bhemjee, Ivan Meredith and Bienjameen Camroodeen.

V For more information email fuadsawyer@­gmail.­com.

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