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Free to be Me

Free to be Me

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My name is Bernadette Francois (47 years old) and I live in Roodepoort, Johannesburg.

I am raising funds to purchase a Motorised Wheelchair and assistive equipment.

I am a paraplegic and have been for the past 38 years. My condition is called Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which is a rare neuromuscular disorder characterised by loss of motor neurons and progressive muscle wasting. This means that I have limited use of my arms making it difficult for me to push myself in a manual wheelchair.

Ten years ago I was blessed to be employed by a company who recognised my challenge and purchased a motorised wheelchair for me. Since then I have been retrenched and I am now finding that my wheelchair has become old and problematic (control panel, batteries etc.).

Although she has served me well and we have been through lots together I really need to replace her soon before she gives up completely. I do not know how I would ever be able to manage with a manual wheelchair again.

Having a motorised wheelchair has given me a freedom that I could never have imagined. It means that I can go out on my own, unassisted. I can actually reach the stove to cook meals for my family. I can go out to work using public transport and not have to rely on people to transport me.

Having the power wheelchair means that I am able to provide for my family and that I am independent.

Sadly, the power wheelchair is not affordable for me and many others in similar positions. The cost of a wheelchair is around R32 000 and a memory foam cushion plus other assistive equipment around R10 000. This is where I need your assistance to raise funds for me to remain mobile and be free to be me...

Donations

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Thank you or always making me laugh. And the best roti and brazed cabbage recipe!" - Stephan

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Smile & Wave when you hv yr new wheels. Much Love" - Lavyrle & Tamiqua

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck and wave when you go by in your new wheels" - Neighbour

  • Jul 31, 2019 - USD $ 14.09
  • "You really deserve a new set of wheels Bern!" - Luzal

  • Jul 25, 2019 - USD $ 36.06
  • "No limits!" - Nick

  • Jul 25, 2019 - R 203.00
  • "Hoping this small donation helps towards your new wheelchair :-)" - Anonymous

  • Jul 22, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Hot wheels" - Kim

  • Jul 14, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck " - Erika

  • Jul 13, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck on your journey.....shoot for the stars!" - Jo-Anne

  • Jul 11, 2019 - USD $ 37.10
  • "Good luck" - Anonymous

  • Jul 10, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "??" - Sa'adah

  • Jul 10, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Go for it!" - Eva van Belle

  • Jul 04, 2019 - R 210.00
  • "Made with Love" - Pickles

  • Jul 03, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "????" - Anonymous

  • Jul 03, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "be free my friend!" - Cleo

  • Jul 02, 2019 - R 110.00
  • "Blessings" - Noah's mom

  • Jul 01, 2019 - R 203.00
  • "Xxx best of luck!" - Jana

  • Jul 01, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Be Free to be you! Much Love" - Maz

  • Jul 01, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "The freedom of wheels" - Scully

  • Jul 01, 2019 - R 51.41
  • "Free to be you" - Anonymous

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 6 904.02

Fundraising target

R 50 000.00
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Bernadette Francois (47) from Roodepoort, Johannesburg is raising funds to purchase a Motorised Wheelchair.