Am­putee gives back and walks 97km

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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.

PIC­TURE: DAVID RITCHIE

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.

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