A GOOD DAY TO SAVE A LIFE
- By: Lucas Nienaber
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/a-good-day-to-save-a-life
Life can be funny sometimes, my journey thus far has been an interesting culmination of events with a few twists all leading up to this point, without me even realising it.
The previous chapter in my story being that of a BSc, Chemistry, Chemical Biology degree, which I achieved at Stellenbosch University last year. This experience has led me from the wide expanses of the universe to the microscopic world of our genome, it has helped me realise where my passion lies. I have gained so much respect for all things living and have found my true calling in preserving life in any shape and form.
I was at a cross-roads… being faced with the decision to continue with my postgraduate studies in chemistry, this being the logical choice, offering many opportunities and the potential of a life filled with fame and fortune. Or, I could take the road less travelled and be willing to make sacrifices in honour of serving others. Many may consider this an irrational decision, but I can think of nothing more rewarding than being there for others in their time of greatest need.
I came to realise this a few weeks ago, when I was volunteering with the ambulance services. It was the break of dawn on a Saturday morning, when we were called out for a young man who had been stabbed in the neck in the midst of a gang feud. He was only 18, with a 1-year old son, he believed he was going to die. Although I wasn’t able to physically help him much, I had the privilege of being there for him in a completely different way. I could tell him that he was in the best hands possible and that no one was giving up on him, they were fighting for his life. It was at that moment I realised where my heart lay… I knew I wanted to spend my life at the service of others.
My greatest wish in life is to leave the world a better place than when I first entered it, and I can think of no better way in which to do so, than by being there for people and preserving life.
I would like to end off with a quote from Desmond Doss, a true inspiration, “With the world so set on tearing itself apart, it don't seem like such a bad thing to me to want to put a little of it back together”
To make this dream a reality I am starting a Bachelors in Emergency Medical Care (BEMC), a respected 4 year degree including honours, at CPUT (Cape Peninsula University of Technology). Unfortunately, as a result of the disadvantages faced by my family, I am faced with the resposibility of covering the fees of this degree. The tuition fees being approximately R35 000 per year and the residency fees coming to approximately R30 000 per year, with the following 3 years coming to R195 000. I have taken it upon myself to cover all my living expenses but have realised that I will need to rely on the good will of others to help me achieve this goal, so I am asking you to help me, help others.
For your time and generosity, I will be forever grateful.
In the past I have been involved with lifesaving, volunteered as a firefighter at the VWS (Volunteer Wildfire Services), volunteered at the ambulance services and volunteered at hospitals.
- Jan 23, 2019 - R 514.10
- "Well done - good luck with the next few years!" - Carla
- Jan 23, 2019 - R 200.00
- "Good luck!" - Wendy
Lucas Nienaber Study Cause
I am starting a Bachelors in Emergency Medical Care (BEMC), a respected 4 year degree including honours, at CPUT (Cape Peninsula University of Technology). Unfortunately, as a result of the disadvantages faced by my family, I am faced with the resposibility of covering the fees of this degree.
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