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Have a heart and help Lifa

By unknown | Feb 09, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo

Lifa Siziba is only 15, but he looks after his brothers and sisters, though he's confined to a homemade wheelchair.

His mother died and his father is in jail, so he and his three siblings rely on his R800 a month disability grant to survive.

But the grade 4 pupil of Salubindza Primary School at Bojwana Trust, near the Kruger National Park's Numbi gate, is not too poor to dream.

He wants to become a soccer administrator.

Lifa finds it difficult to get to school every day because he has to take his wheelchair over a rugged footpath and along a gravel road .

"If I were not crippled, I would play soccer because I love it, but I have heard that there is a special soccer game for people like me.

"Without a proper wheelchair, I just can't afford to become a player," said Lifa.

His dream is to become one of the leading soccer administrators in the country.

Heather Mashego, Lifa's teacher, was so touched by his circumstances that she contacted Differently Abled, an organisation that helps disabled people.

Anyone willing to help Lifa get back to school in a new, sturdier wheelchair should SMS "support Lifa" to 36720 and Differently Abled will contact you.

You can make a difference to the life of a youngster who has the guts to dream.


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