New wheel­chairs – from Switzer­land

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The Canaan Care Cen­tre re­cently re­ceived a dona­tion of 17 Shonaquip wheel­chairs to the value of R360 000, from the Swiss-based Raush Foun­da­tion, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that fo­cuses mainly on chil­dren with phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties.

Cen­tre man­ager Eleanor Saay­man said the Small Projects Foun­da­tion had con­tacted the Rausch Foun­da­tion ask­ing for help.

“The Small Projects Foun­da­tion is a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that is based in the East­ern Cape, which finds or­gan­i­sa­tions that are in need of fi­nances or any other ne­ces­si­ties, and then finds fun­ders for them,” Saay­man said.

“We have been open for 12 years and most of the chil­dren do not have proper wheel­chairs for their dis­abil­i­ties.

“The ones we have re­ceived will make a huge dif­fer­ence in the chil­dren’s lives.

“Our job is to pro­vide a safe, stim­u­lat­ing and ther­a­peu­tic en­vi­ron­ment in which chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties can grow to their full po­ten­tial.

“We en­cour­age per­sonal growth, in­de­pen­dence, hard work and plenty of fun.

“The goal is to im­prove the child’s qual­ity of life by find­ing prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions to help both the child and their fam­ily,” Saay­man said.

“What the Rausch Foun­da­tion has done for our cen­tre is the most grat­i­fy­ing thing be­cause each child has a dif­fer­ent dis­abil­ity, and these wheel­chairs ac­com­mo­date their needs.

“There are chal­lenges but we al­ways find a way to over­come them, and by putting more em­pha­sis on the tal­ents and the skills of the in­di­vid­ual child, we can en­cour­age their growth and de­vel­op­ment.”

Saay­man said the cen­tre do­nated about 10 of their old wheel­chairs and other ne­ces­si­ties to Nomzamo Spe­cial Care Cen­tre in Ped­die.

Pic­ture: NOORIE HAMMAND

ON THE ROCKS: This gor­geous photo of the sun’s soft re­flec­tion on the wa­ter was taken in June 2018 in Gonu­bie by Noorie Hammand. This is just one of the many en­tries re­ceived so far for the GO! & Ex­press Pho­tog­ra­phy Com­pe­ti­tion, de­tails of which can be found on Page 8 of to­day’s GO! & Ex­press

Pic­ture: SIVENATHI GOSA

GEN­ER­OUS DONA­TION: There were joy­ful smiles as Canaan Care Cen­tre pupils re­ceived their new wheel­chairs. Back, from left, are Lungiswa Dyase and Pre­cious Myelele. Front, from left, are Damian de Jager, Kamva Md­intsi and Elam Moy­ake

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