Deaf Cyclists CTCT Countdown
- By: Sharon Bey-Leveld
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/hands-with-words
My name is Sharon Bey-Leveld, and I am raising funds for three Deaf men, Siyabonga Lingani (29), Tokelo Lehloesa (24) and Monwabisis Magwa (43). They all live in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. I met Siya, Tokelo and Monwabisi 3 years ago while working at Hands With Words.
They are cycling The Cape Town Cycle Tour in support of the Hands With Words Charity group. The fundraising committment deadline date of 21st February 2020 has passed, and unfortunately, they have found it rather difficult to raise the funds.
Hands With Words, through The South African Sign Language Bible Translation Project (TSASLBTP), is translating the Bible into South African Sign Language (SASL), in visual format (DVD) for the Deaf.
There are approximately 600 000 or more Deaf people in South Africa that use SASL.
"The language of communication for the Deaf is Sign Language. The Deaf therefore also think in Sign Language. Sign Language is a visual language, not a verbal or audible language."
The SASLBTP launched the first set of Bible translated passages - the Evangelistic Set (EV) in 2019. At present the Project is translating the Discipleship and Believers Sets.
The translation of the entire written Bible into SASL will take at least another 20 years.
Aside the priority of Bible translation for the Deaf, this year (2020) Hands With Words, will be running their second camp for Deaf Youth; their first Marriage camp for Deaf couples; and a follow up to the Launch and Training Camp held in 2019.
Hands With Words' staff provide a SASL class to the public; meet with Deaf people in the local communities sharing in Sunday Church, mentoring and encouraging one another.
Hands With Words is continually in communication with Deaf in our neighbouring countries relating to Bible translation.
Hands With Words seeks to reach many, many Deaf people with God's Word through the SASL Bible Translated passages.
The sooner the Bible translated passages are available the sooner the Deaf will receive more and more portions of God's Word in their hearts and lives.
The Deaf have their identity in their language and in their culture. Through the SASLBT Project, many Deaf will ultimately find their identity in Christ.
The funds raised will be to assist Siya, Tokelo and Monwabisi to reach their fundraising committments.
The funds they are raising are in support of Hands With Words.
Siya needs to raise a total of R2160
The total is made up of his fundraising committment to Hands With Words of R1300 plus his CTCT Entry fee of R860 to cycle for Hands With Words.
Tokelo needs to raise a total of R2300.
This amount includes his fundraising committment in support of Hands With Words of R1300. Plus his CTCT entry fee to cycle in support of Hands With Words of R860. In addition Tokelo has to purchase the Chip which costs R140.
Monwabisi is trying to raise a total of R2160.
This includes his fundraising committment of R1300 plus the CTCT entry fee of R860 in order to cycle in support of Hands With Words.