Wor­thy wheels win for com­mu­nity care­giver

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Conelia Harry

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

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