In this month’s Achieve magazine, published by Quixtar, the corporation highlights the achievements of 4FAA Founders’ Crown Ambassadors Jim & Nancy Dornan. The article (which you can read here) is headlined Making a difference around the world. Well, the Dornan’s and Network TwentyOne are apparently not resting on their laurels. The following article was published in South Africa’s most popular newspaper, the Daily Sun, on July 3, 27. I’ve reproduced it below with some minor editing for readability. You can see a scan of the original article here.
Life will never be the same!
by Ntombizodwa Makhoba
They have been disabled for so many years and could not afford to buy wheelchairs for themselves! The Network 21 Training organisation has helped those who cannot help themselves.
On Saturday, young and old people with disabilities gathered at the Self-help Association for the Paraplegic in Mofolo Village, Sowero, to receive wheelchairs.
And many of them came from the Braamfischer Centre for the Disabled in Soweto.
Some of them will own a wheelchair for the very first time in their lives.
Network 21 Training’s operations manager, Liza Tappenben, told Daily Sun that they made an announcement on Jozi FM, inviting disabled people from Soweto to come and collect wheelchairs at the centre.
"We were very happy that so many people responded to the call. We really appreciate it. We expected many people to come and collect wheelchairs, but some did not arrive. We have organised another day to hand out wheelchairs to those people who were unable to come," explained Liza.
She added that they managed to hand out 5 wheelchairs. She said disabled people who were not able to get wheelchairs are invited to come and collect them on 18 August at WorldVision offices in Orlando East, Soweto. According to Liza, Network 21 Training has been running for the past 2 years. Their office is in Edenvale, Joburg. Julius Seganye (48), of Braamfischer in Soweto, told Daily Sun that he was very excited to get a new wheelchair.
"I have a wheelchair that I have been using for many years. It is very old now and I was struggling to use it, but now I have a new wheelchair!" said Julies with a smile.
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