Rotary rolls out smiles
Five people given gift of new wheelchairs to help improve their lives
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