Sweet day for dis­abled Teba

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ON Monday, the Sweet­hearts Foun­da­tion held their first wheel­chair han­dover in East Lon­don, giv­ing 84-year-old Teba De­bani a bet­ter and more mo­bile life.

De­bani is di­a­betic and had to have his right leg am­pu­tated above the knee.

The But­ter­worth lo­cal has been on a wait­ing list for a wheel­chair for two years and thanks to the Sweet­hearts Foun­da­tion and PnA, he fi­nally has one.

Af­ter kick­ing off in East Lon­don a few weeks ago, the Sweet­hearts Foun­da­tion has re­ceived an over­whelm­ing re­sponse from the com­mu­nity and, in con­junc­tion with PageGroup, aims to hand over four more wheel­chairs in East Lon­don by Novem­ber.

“The sup­port we’ve re­ceived from PageGroup, specif­i­cally PnA, is phe­nom­e­nal. The com­mu­nity have also come on board and re­ally gone out of their way to be part of the ini­tia­tive,” said mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor for the Sweet­hearts Foun­da­tion, Ash­ley Nel.

For the past few years, De­bani's fam­ily mem­bers have had to carry him from place to place.

Gen­er­ously do­nated by PnA, the stan­dard­ised wheel­chair will serve him well as he gains mo­bil­ity and in­de­pen­dence.

“We as the Sweet­hearts Foun­da­tion are so grate­ful to be able to bring joy into the lives of oth­ers and we thank every­one in­volved, without them none of this would be pos­si­ble,” Nel said. PnA is the only col­lec­tion point in East Lon­don where com­mu­nity mem­bers can bring their col­lected bread tags and bot­tle tops to the store, from where they are trans­ported to var­i­ous buy-back cen­tres, with the pro­ceeds used to pur­chase wheel­chairs for those in need.

Visit web­site: www.sweet­hearts­foun­da­tion.org to find out how to ap­ply for a wheel­chair.


IN­DE­PEN­DENCE AT LAST: Sweet­hearts Foun­da­tion mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor, Ash­ley Nel, left, with 84-year-old wheel­chair ben­e­fi­ciary, Teba De­bani, PnA’s mas­cot Penny and Hein­rich Fuls

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