The Fiji Times

Timely help for amputees

- By SITERI SAUVAKACOL­O

FOR many years, Fijian amputees suffered physically, mentally and emotionall­y because it took quite some time for them to access advanced prosthetic legs.

Former member of Parliament and Paralympic gold medallist Iliesa Delana highlighte­d this in Nadi’s Denarau Island last week after receiving $100,000 worth of prosthetic legs and prosthetic parts.

The aid was given by former Paralympic champion Wojtek Czyz who is currently travelling around the world giving prosthetic parts to amputees who needed them under the sailing4ha­ndicaps banner.

The gift will help 36 people get prosthetic legs and 52 knee amputees.

“Being an ambassador for sailing4ha­ndicaps Fiji is an opportunit­y to give all my best in shaping the lives of people with amputees, giving them hope that life continues,” Mr Delana said.

Mr Czyz added he would be in close contact with Mr Delana should Fijian amputees need prosthetic parts in the future.

The gift was also made possible with the continued partnershi­p Mr Czyz had with Port Denarau Marina.

Fijians in need of a prosthetic leg or missing part to their prosthetic can contact Iliesa Delana on sailing4ha­ndicapsfij­i@gmail.com

 ??  ?? Western Disabled People’s Associatio­n president Jai Raj Prasad (front) with acting secretary Joytish Praveen Singh with some of the gifts at their office in Lautoka. Picture BALJEET SINGH
Western Disabled People’s Associatio­n president Jai Raj Prasad (front) with acting secretary Joytish Praveen Singh with some of the gifts at their office in Lautoka. Picture BALJEET SINGH
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