J4Joy brings light into a dif­fi­cult life

Joy as Mdantsane woman re­ceives mo­torised wheel­chair

Daily Dispatch - - News - By PELOKAZI MH­LABA

ALIGHT ap­peared at the end of the tun­nel for dis­abled Zizipho Ndle­leni, 24, of NU9 in Mdantsane, who re­ceived a mo­torised wheel­chair.

The J4Joy Foun­da­tion in part­ner­ship with SABC pre­sented the wheel­chair to her yes­ter­day.

Mpumalanga busi­ness­man Ja­cobs Mnisi, 50, a founder and chair­man of J4Joy, gave Ndle­leni a cus­tom-de­signed bat­tery op­er­ated wheel­chair worth R48 000.

The do­na­tion was in re­sponse to Ndle­leni’s heart­break­ing story, aired on the TV show Cut­ting Edge, where she told how she was re­jected by her par­ents and had to de­pend on her grand­par­ents for as­sis­tance.

Nt­siki No­hiya and Hlu­bikazi Kulu of Cut­ting Edge, who pre­sented the clip on Ndle­leni, were also present to wit­ness the han­dover yes­ter­day.

They said the mo­ment was touch­ing, but their only con­cern was the vul­ner­a­bil­ity and safety of Ndle­leni be­cause an ex-boyfriend had de­stroyed one of her wheel­chairs and stolen her money.

Ndle­leni said her old wheel­chair was giv­ing her trou­ble.

“I’m happy to re­ceive this gift. It is go­ing to change my life, es­pe­cially when go­ing to school,” said Ndle­leni. “Some­times I pay peo­ple to drive me home af­ter school.”

Mnisi said his foun­da­tion had given wheel­chairs to more than 100 dis­abled chil­dren in the East­ern Cape.

“The foun­da­tion tries its best to bring hope to dis­abled peo­ple with the un­der­stand­ing that most of them feel aban­doned and look down on them­selves. The only con­cern now is the con­di­tion of the house, which seems un­de­sir­able for the wheel­chair, but we hope other rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties will make an ef­fort on the jour­ney of help­ing Ndle­leni.”

Pic­ture: SINO MAJANGAZA

MO­BILE: Zizipho Ndle­leni read­ies her­self to test-drive an elec­tric wheel­chair do­nated by Ja­cob Mnisi of J4Joy

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