Mariëtte Botha, a teacher at Basizeni Special School in eMbalenhle, wanted to help a pupil in her class, Retshepile Mbonani, with a wheelchair.
Retshepile is a triplegic and is rapidly losing muscle tone.
Mariëtte saw a photo on the internet where a cyclist raised money by pulling a wheelchair behind his bike.
“To raise money for a wheelchair for Retshepile, Happy Magagula and I thought we could do the Jacaranda 94.7 cycle race in this way.
Many others shared our vision and volunteered to help,” said Mariëtte.
“But in reality, I am not a cyclist and finding time to exercise was a problem for me.
“But when Retshepile fell in class I knew something drastic needed to be done.”
That very same week Liné de Vries from Hoërskool Oosterland asked Mariëtte if she knew of someone who needed a wheelchair.
Oosterland was hosting a wheelchair challenge at their anual Wieleskou and they wanted to help someone who needed a wheelchair.
“I thought it was an answer to prayer,” said Mariëtte.
Pieter Botha, orthotist and prosthetist, examined Reshepile and her father’s medical aid helped in organising Reshepile a motorised wheelchair.
Retshepile received R8 000 from Oosterland’s Wieleskou which will now be used for Naledi, another paraplegic pupil in need of a wheelchair at Basizeni Special School.
He currently relies on someone at school to help him, he needs a motorised wheelchair or a shop rider unit.
Fundraising projects will continue at the school to make up the balance needed for Naledi’s mobility.
Xolisiwe, a pupil with cerebral palsy, was blessed with a walking frame to help her at home.
“We will never stop praising God for every blessing and for all the amazing miracles that are constantly happening at our school,” said Mariëtte.