Bread tags help to buy wheelchair
THE eighth PNA wheelchair handover took place on Tuesday, with beneficiary and Parklands Special School pupil, Lindokuhle Mtshayeni, receiving a brand new wheelchair sponsored by PNA owners Darryl and Gussie Eberhardt.
Mtshayeni suffers from cerebral palsy, a disease that affects body movement and muscle coordination.
“Through the collection and recycling of bread tags and bottle tops, the Sweethearts Foundation buy wheelchairs for people in need across the country.
“Each month, the Eberhardt’s sponsor one wheelchair to a local patient or person in need, as well as continuing their bread tags and bottle tops collection for the Sweethearts Foundation,” Fuls said.
The principal of Parklands Special School, Eugene Marais, said the school and pupils were grateful for what PNA and other stakeholders were doing for those in need of expensive equipment.
“This wheelchair is going to make a huge difference in Lindokuhle's life. We are truly thankful for what PNA has done for her,” Marais said.
Janet Bands, a teacher at Buckets and Spades Preschool, said the 15 pupils at the school collect the bottle tops to assist PNA in the fundraising.
“I feel every school in East London should participate in this initiative, as it makes a difference in someone's life,” Bands said.
Bands said though collecting bottle tops and bread tags may seem like a small task, it made huge difference to other people’s lives.
Lindokuhle’s mother, Nondumiso Mtshayeni, said she was overwhelmed by what PNA had done for her daughter.
“Ever since Lindokuhle went to Parkland, things have been changing a lot in a good way. I am now stress- free, as it is not easy having a child who has a disability who has a lot of demands and needs.”
She said they used public transport, and it was costly because the old wheelchair was big, and she would have to pay an extra taxi fare.
“Lindo loves going to the mall, and it is not easy having to travel with a big wheelchair, so now things are going to be different, as the wheelchair she has is portable and smaller. I am truly grateful for what PNA has done for my daughter,” Mtshayeni said.
JOYOUS: From left, are Nondumiso Matshayeni, Kerrin Raats, Lindokuhle Matshayeni, front, Eugene Marais and Princess Layiti