Ro­tary rolls out smiles

Five peo­ple given gift of new wheel­chairs to help im­prove their lives

Go! & Express - - News - ZETHU MTAMBEKA

BEA­CON Bay Ro­tary Club has do­nated wheel­chairs to five peo­ple across East Lon­don over the past week.

Cam­bridge town­ship res­i­dent Zanele Nete was one of the peo­ple to re­ceive a wheel­chair from the club.

Dr Di­nesh Val­labh, ward coun­cil­lor for Cam­bridge and Vin­cent, con­tacted Ro­tary in or­der to se­cure a wheel­chair for Nete, af­ter he learned that the club had pro­vided wheel­chairs to oth­ers who needed them.

Nete could only use her old wheel­chair with the help of her neigh­bour.

The high-qual­ity wheel­chair do­nated by the club en­ables Nete to be more self-re­liant.

“It’s far more com­fort­able than the one I’ve been us­ing,” an over­joyed Nete said.

Bea­con Bay Ro­tary Club pres­i­dent Dr Ch­ester Wood­hall, said: “If any­body needs a wheel­chair, we urge them to come for­ward.

“The Ro­tary Club is will­ing to help by giv­ing to those in need.

“In the past week alone, we have given away five wheel­chairs.”

Len­nox Kh­wakhini, a home­less man of­ten seen at the Es­planade, also re­ceived one of these wheel­chairs.

This came about af­ter a re­port was pub­lished in the Daily Dis­patch (“Es­planade no walk in the park”, Septem­ber 7) of how Kh­wakhini ended up on the streets of East Lon­don with noth­ing but his crutches and an old blan­ket.

The Ro­tary Club then tracked Kh­wakhini down and gave him a wheel­chair. And he was hugely grate­ful. “We may not be able to help peo­ple with all their other prob­lems but we try help where we can,” Wood­hall said.

The Bea­con Bay Ro­tary Club ap­peals to those in need of wheel­chairs to con­tact Dr Wood­hall on 082-327-1570.


GREATER MO­BIL­ITY: Bea­con Bay Ro­tary Club pres­i­dent Dr Ch­ester Wood­hall, above left, with a de­lighted Len­nox Kh­wakhini, upon re­ceiv­ing a wheel­chair do­nated by the club. RIGHT: Zanele Nete in her brand-new wheel­chair do­nated by the club, with, from left, her neigh­bour, Xolani So­vasi, Dr Di­nesh Val­labh, and Bea­con Bay Ro­tary Club mem­bers Dr Ch­ester Wood­hall and Nom­bongo Mtimba

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