Worthy wheels win for community caregiver
LIVING life to the full, serving others and giving back to the community is Richards Bay resident Kiewiet Heath’s daily mission.
The 63-year-old senior citizen is a regular contributor to the Zululand Observer’s charity arm Do I Care Enough? (DICE) organisation, donating crocheted and knitted ponchos, blankets, beanies and scarves.
The popular community volunteer, who among other good deeds assists at the
Golden Years Seniors Club in Richards Bay, was ‘paid back’ for her goodwill efforts in an unusual way when she was one of the KZN Spar Win-a-Car Competition winners.
Heath said the win came as ‘such a surprise’ and she believes it was a sign from God to encourage her to step out and continue her community work.
‘In March 2008 doctors discovered a tumour on my brain behind my eye, after a visit to the optometrist because I was experiencing continuous headaches.
‘Everything happened so quickly. I underwent surgery and have had two follow-up surgeries in the past 10 years to remove the growths and with continuous medication it appears dormant.
‘I also suffered from severe epileptic fits and doctors advised me to stop driving so I have not been behind the wheel for a decade.
‘However, I feel that winning this car is God’s way of telling me that I am healed and He has given me the tool to continue my work,’ she said.
Always wearing a cheerful smile, Kiewiet enjoys sharing an encouraging word and helping lift the spirits of those going through a rough patch.
She supports local charities with donations and encourages community members to get involved in upliftment projects which benefit those in need.
With the support of her husband, she is able to run her errands and continue with her work as he is her ‘personal chauffeur’.
Richards Bay resident Kiewiet Heath won a new car in a competition and is being driven around by her husband, Eric Conelia Harry