HIS biggest wish is to become a mechanic and last week the The Reach for a Dream Foundation did just that – allowing little Jenson Frans (4) to be a mechanic for a day.
This Port Elizabeth-based boy, who suffers from a cardiac condition, dreams of one day following in the footsteps of his father, Glenville, who is a mechanic.
The foundation made Jenson’s dream a reality by arranging for him to experience first-hand being a mechanic at Solly’s Auto City’s panel beaters.
According to Reach for a Dream coordinator Heather Mazomba, the organisation aims to fulfil the dreams of children who are fighting life-threatening illnesses.
“We believe that no child should live without hope and we seek as far as possible to fulfil the dreams of children fighting life-threatening illnesses. We believe in the power of dreams and encourage children to use their dreams to fight for their lives and overcome serious illness,” Mazomba said.
Jolene Frans, Jenson’s mother, said her boy will forever hold the special day close to his heart.
“I’m so happy. This is something he has always wanted to do. He really loves cars and motorcycles and always watches in awe when his father is working on cars,” Jolene said.
Jenson’s exciting day included a ride in a sports car, revving a motorcycle, visiting the spray painting room and an opportunity to fix a car.
A highlight for Jenson, who enjoyed every minute of the outing, was using the spanner to fix a car engine as well as his gifts, which included toy cars and a tool box from both the organisation and Solly’s workshop.
“I love my cars and I’m going to play with them when I get home,” the ecstatic young mechanic said.
Jenson is due to undergo open-heart surgery next month and his family is more than certain that this little, happy, spirited fellow will pull through.