Bread tags help to buy wheel­chair

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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.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

JOY­OUS: From left, are Non­du­miso Mat­shayeni, Ker­rin Raats, Lin­dokuhle Mat­shayeni, front, Eu­gene Marais and Princess Lay­iti

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