Brighton Beach SAPS’s Chanelle Strijdom is appealing to the community to help her raise R5 000 more to buy a new R30 000 motorised wheelchair.
The national SAPS disability fund has sponsored R25 000 but Chanelle, a cerebral palsy quadriplegic, is short of R5 000 to get a Nippi wheelchair with a head rest.
A member of the SAPS for 16-years, the friendly 37-year-old explained she had meningitis when she was three-and-a-half months old.
“Doctors told my parents I would not walk, talk or be able to go to school but when I was three-and-half my mother decided to put me in a Pretoria school. No one had any hope for me. I couldn’t sit upright, my motor development was very limited and I could not speak. I made sounds.”
But Chanelle promised herself no-one would bring her down and learnt to talk between six and seven-years-old. “I learnt to feed myself at the of 12 and sign at 17 as I decided no-one would ever sign documents on my behalf,” she said. While Chanelle completed matric at the age of 20, everybody told her she could not work in the open market because of her severe disability. Not satisfied with this limitation she prayed on November 1, 1993 and was later employed as a typist in a government. She is currently studying for her BA in criminology and psychology at UNISA.
Source: Southlands Sun