Care group hosts open day

2016-07-28 06:00
PHOTOS: candyce krishna Eloise van Niekerk and Dr Nic Grobler with a sculpture he made.

PHOTOS: candyce krishna Eloise van Niekerk and Dr Nic Grobler with a sculpture he made.

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THE Pro Deo Care Group, which cares and supports people with disabilities, held an open day at the Ramsgate Lion’s hall on Thursday.

Martie Coetzee, mother and care-giver to her 30-year-old mentally disabled son, shared her story.

“My son was born prematurely at 27 weeks as there were lots of complications. As time went on I found he had brain damage and was deaf and blind.”

Coetzee said she had to think and act as if she were in her son’s situation to help him.

“I had to pretend to be blind and deaf in order to kknow what would make his life more comfortable,” she said.

When her son turned 27, he said “mama Martie”.

“All those years ago, there wasn’t any knowledge about children with mental disabilities. People stared and passed remarks whenever we were in public,” she said.

Some nights Coetzee said she never slept as her son would have up to 40 fits a night.

Eloise van Niekerk of the Pro Deo Care Group spoke about fund-raising and how the group needed funds.

The group’s major fund-raiser is the Pro Deo Cycle, which entails a group of people cycling from Johannesburg to Margate.

“We would like to grow that group of cyclists, and grow the Pro Deo Care Group as well. We need people to assist with transport to the clinics and to do shopping on behalf of those who can’t or provide relief to care-givers,” she said.

Dr Nic Grobler, who studied theology, preached about disabilities and said that everyone is disabled in a sense that we are not able to do everything we want.

Apart from ministry and preaching Grobler said his hobby is sculpting and believes that it is God-given talent.

“Some of us want to be rugby players, but we are not equipped for that, but God has a purpose for us all and he sees the abilities we have,” he said.

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