Spurred on by his disability
A CAPE Town man who lost his mobility after being tossed out of a train while try to help strangers is determined to be part of the national paraplegic athletics team.
“I’ll be doing training to become a part of the paraplegic association at Stellenbosch University, where I’ll be training to do track and field events and hopefully be invited to represent South Africa at various events,” Darryn August said.
August, who used to be a teacher and is now a motivational speaker, was trying to save two women from robbers on a train in April last year. However, the robbers repeatedly beat him and then threw him out of the moving train.
So severe were his injuries that he was left paralysed from the waist down.
“I made a promise to myself ages before that day that if ever I saw anyone in a dangerous situation, I’d do whatever I can to help, come what may,” he said.
August’s friend Graeme Kuys found out what had transpired and decided to offer his assistance. Crowd-funding organisation BackaBuddy set up a campaign in May last year to raise R50 000 towards August’s medical fees.
August began the required treatment and rehabilitation at Tygerberg Hospital and began physiotherapy at Groote Schuur Hospital, which he managed to finish a month before the prescribed time.
“I’ve become much stronger in so many ways. Physically, I am different, but I’m not physically or mentally weakened.
“It feels like I have a greater, more meaningful purpose in life.
“Looking back, I wouldn’t change anything as I believe that everything happens the way it’s suppose to. I managed to impact someone else’s life in some way,” he said.