Geraldine cried tears of joy as she watched us unpack her son's wheelchair from the car.
16 year old Keanu, totally dependent on his mother was being carried to hospital visits, and over the last 4 years he's just become too heavy for Geraldine. The new wheelchair, she says, is a prayer answered.
Gift of the Givers brought with a food parcel and adult diapers.
1. Frances Mthembu (58) lost his leg after a car accident in 2007. He couldn’t contain his happiness and wept with tears of joy when he received his wheelchair.
2. Affectionately known as Gogo Ndlovu, the 76 year old from Ndwendwe received her wheelchair from Gift of the Givers after having to share a wheelchair with her neighbour for clinic visits and collections of grant.
3. 83 year old Ntombi
Marinus du Plessis leaves for Norway today at 13h50. In honour of Mandela Day, the Ubuntu spirit of South Africa and in his endeavour to raise awareness and support of individuals who are physically and mentally challenged and autistic worldwide, Marinus will attempt to break the world jet ski record of 3000km on Mandela Day, 18 July. The gruelling 40-day journey commences on 7 July (see
45 year old, Thandeka Ndwalane from Phoenix who suffers with her spine.
74 year old, Rajen Rahautar from Verulem who requires permanent use of an oxygen machine.
85 year old, Daupathy Govender from Tongaat who also has spinal issues.
For Isaac Maseko, a double amputee and student at Johannesburg Technical College, getting around campus and commuting with taxis are all incredible challenges for him. The Gift of the Givers team arrived with a brand new wheelchair to help simplify his daily struggles.
Rev NK Vilakazi and the congregation thanked Gift of the Givers for the new wheelchair for Mrs Betty Malehe. She is staying with her husband, daughter and two grand children. She suffered a stroke and cannot walk. Betty relies on her daughter to collect her medication.
Michelle Naran from Gauteng had a hip operation 3 years ago but sadly took a fall 2 weeks ago which resulted in 3 of the screws falling out.She was unable to walk and moved around on an office chair seen in the pictures below.
Michelle lives with her mom (93) and uncle (74) whom she took care of before the incident.
Gift of the Givers provided a brand new wheelchair and TFG blankets for
- 2 new wheelchairs were handed over to Mckaiser Old Age Home in Grahamstown.
- Tannie Vytjie
Commemorating 100 years of greatness has to be matched by an event that celebrates that greatness through intense sacrifice, social awareness, risk and commitment. Marinus du Plessis, a 55-year old South African is set to jet ski his way into the Guiness Book of Records with a solo 11000km Artic-to-Athens venture in honour of Tata Mandela and Mandela Day to raise both awareness about the immense