Amputee gives back and walks 97km
A MAN who lost his leg in an accident when he was a teenager has dedicated his life to helping others walk.
Paul Steyn yesterday completed a 97km walk from Wellington to Cape Town to highlight the plight of the country’s amputees.
Steyn, who runs the nonprofit organisation, the Paul Steyn Foundation, used crutches and his prosthetic leg during the nine-day trek to raise awareness and funds for people who have lost limbs.
The 27-year-old told Independent Newspapers that losing his leg in a lawnmower accident 13 years ago at school turned him into a negative and depressed person.
“After getting my prosthetic leg, I wanted to give back by helping those who can’t afford to get prosthetics limbs.
“Prosthetic limbs are expensive and there are thousands who cannot afford them that are forced to walk on crutches,” he said.
Steyn made a stop in St George’s Mall at noon yesterday before continuing to the V&A Waterfront, his last stop.
Over the years he has helped a number of people around the Western Cape. His facilitated walk was broken down into 12km a day, with overnight stops along the way.
“It was hard and my arms are sore but otherwise I feel okay,” he said.
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Steyn will be embarking on another trek at the beginning of next year from Durban to Cape Town on a similar mission.
GIVING BACK: Amputee Paul Steyn, left, who was joined by Marius Landman for the last part of his walk, walked from Wellington to Cape Town over nine days to create awareness and raise funds for people who have lost their limbs.