Wheelchair a godsend, says mom
THE mother whose 22-year-old disabled son, who can neither walk nor do anything for himself, described the donation of a wheelchair as a godsend.
Forster Shibambu of Peninghotsa village outside Malamulele, Limpopo, received a wheelchair on Saturday morning from the RallytoRead organisation at Khodobi Primary School.
RallytoRead is a partnership between the government and private sector.
For the past 12 years sponsors, organisers and participants of the Rally have visited the most remote and needy schools to deliver much-needed books, teaching aids, sports equipment, educational toys and other materials.
Meyer Swanepoel, who spoke on behalf of RallytoRead during a visit to Khodobi to donate study materials to teachers and pupils, said though they had a partnership with the school to promote a culture of reading in the country's remote areas, they were touched when they learnt of Shibambu's plight.
"We are not taking credit for this donation because it is God who gave Shibambu this wheelchair," Swanepoel said.
Christina Shibambu, 40, said Forster, her only son, is so disabled that he cannot do anything for himself. Whatever he does I must help him around.
"Life will certainly become a little easier with this wheelchair. My prayers have been answered. With the wheelchair it will be better to push him rather than to carry him because at 22 he is no longer a small boy," Shibambu said.