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Get James a Prosthetic Leg

Funds Raised:
R 94 977
Fundraising Target:
R 175 000
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Campaign Background:

I am a 28-year-old cross disciplined athlete based in Johannesburg, Gauteng. I am currently employed as a Senior Sales Associate at TecEx in Melrose Arch. I have been blessed with a natural enthusiasm and zest for life that helps me to stay engaged and motivated. These qualities, along with a positive attitude have helped me to navigate through life with grace and resilience.

I believe that this perspective on life was brought about by my accident in June 2002. I jumped off a roof and kicked my leg into a pane of glass which severed the back of my knee. Due to the laceration of main nerves and arteries, I was left with advanced foot drop, no feeling and paralysis from the knee down. As a result of this, I have been classified as disabled.

Once released from hospital, I realized that my life would be full of unique challenges and that this accident would define my life. I knew I had to focus my mindset on one of believing that I could achieve anything, regardless of my abilities or circumstances.

After completing the Comrades Marathon in August 2022, I have been advised to stop running with immediate effect due to osteoarthritis in my hip and mechanical damage to my knee. Instead of using the sport of running to make a difference and raise disability awareness, I have chosen to turn to swimming and cycling. Consequently, I hereby introduce you to my new challenge:

I am establishing an extreme aquabike/biathlon challenge in South Africa whereby I will be cycling from Johannesburg to Cape Town (1520km) in 8 consecutive days. After a 24-hour recovery, I will then swim from Robben Island to Big Bay which is 7.5km as the crow flies. This will be done to not only bring about disability awareness and showcase how differently abled individuals can achieve exceptional feats but also to raise money for a very special individual.

Meet James:

James, a 16-year-old boy who, due to neglect and severe burns, lost his right leg. Subsequently, he contracted meningitis which resulted in the complete loss of his hearing. James’ adoptive parents have scraped money together for years in an attempt to obtain prosthetics. Usually, the prosthetic that James uses is made of secondhand components and is not considered a high-grade device.

James embodies the type of individual we should all strive to be. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience that we can all learn from such as perseverance, resilience, adaptability and flexibility. Firstly, living with his disability can be challenging at times however, he has shown incredible perseverance and resilience in the face of adversity. He has constantly adapted to his environment to overcome obstacles. He has shown incredible flexibility and highlighted the importance of finding new and innovative solutions to his challenges. He has taught me to appreciate the diversity and richness of human experience and that a physical disability is just one aspect of a persons identity and that every individual has the ability to make meaningful contributions to this world. 

To ensure a greater quality of life for James, I want to raise enough funds to provide him with a top of the range prosthetic that will afford him the ability to lead an active and fulfilling life, ensuring that his disability is not a barrier to his own successes. 

I have set up this BackaBuddy account to make this a reality. The money raised will not only go toward a prosthetic for James, but also toward prosthetic liners that cost a couple thousand rand each and lasts less than a year. I'm hoping that the reasons I am doing this resonates with the public and that we can all join hands to make a difference in this young man's life.

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  • Dec 01, 2023 - R 220.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Nov 03, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Wow Sean. What an inspiration you are to others. Really admire what you’ve done and praying that together we can get James that prosthetic. #strongertogether" - Anonymous

  • Nov 03, 2023 - R 250.00 Fees covered
  • "Congrats on an epic achievement!" - Kent

  • Nov 01, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Well done." - Hugh

  • Oct 29, 2023 - R 216.00
  • "" - SASCOC Manager

  • Oct 28, 2023 - USD $ 344.13 Fees covered
  • "" - Tyron lucas

  • Oct 27, 2023 - USD $ 15.84
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Oct 27, 2023 - USD $ 11.41 Fees covered
  • "Good luck Sean! This is amazing 🫶🏻" - Teal

  • Oct 24, 2023 - USD $ 56.98 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Oct 23, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Incredible story. Well done." - Bonnie Du Plessis

  • Oct 21, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Well done Seano. We don’t know you well but keep crushing it man. Making the world a better place. And well done to Kaylin too. Sorry it’s not much" - Anonymous

  • Oct 19, 2023 - R 500.00
  • "Ryan Clarke" - Snapscan

  • Oct 19, 2023 - R 100.00
  • "Zands - Well done Shauno you beast." - Snapscan

  • Oct 19, 2023 - R 2 000.00
  • "Bhulesh" - Snapscan

  • Oct 19, 2023 - R 500.00
  • "Caro Ferraris - WOOO GO SEAN!!!" - Snapscan

  • Oct 18, 2023 - R 300.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Oct 18, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Well done Seano and James! So inspiring!" - Kerri

  • Oct 17, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Oct 15, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Your courage and determination are insurmountable." - Cherine

  • Oct 13, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Oct 13, 2023 - USD $ 28.40 Fees covered
  • "" - Ian Sturgeon

  • Oct 13, 2023 - USD $ 108.05 Fees covered
  • "Massive well done Seano! You have smashed this absolute beast of a task and are such a motivation. All the best for the swim!" - Justin

  • Oct 13, 2023 - USD $ 11.36 Fees covered
  • "Congrats Seano, what an unbelievable ride! More importantly well done on running such an awesome charity drive for James, I really hope he can get his prothestic done. Cheers and well done again!" - Robbie Leclezio

  • Oct 13, 2023 - USD $ 56.79 Fees covered
  • "Sean you have always displayed a zest for life, empathy for others and enthusiasm to challenge yourself, whilst motivating us all too! Your words, "Everyone with Disabilities has Abilities too" will give so many, inspiration and courage!" - Caroline Dassonville

  • Oct 12, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Hey James, I'm a cyclist myself, also having completed an Ironman and numerous 94.7s and Cape Argus Tours. I heard your story on Hot 102.7 the other day and was completely blown away by your commitment and determination. God Bless" - Andrew

  • Oct 12, 2023 - USD $ 53.07
  • "You’re a legend Seano. Such a fantastic cause. Keep doing your amazing work and the world will be a better place" - Ryan

  • Oct 11, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "You’re such an inspiration Seano! Good luck with the rest! X" - Sarah vd Nest

  • Oct 11, 2023 - R 200.00
  • "Well done Seano! You are incredible and such an inspiration 🌟 keep going!" - Meghan

  • Oct 11, 2023 - R 300.00 Fees covered
  • "Congrats Seano! This is incredible, proud of your journey and this amazing cause!" - Kelly Brazier

  • Oct 11, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Proud of you bud ❤️" - Richard Baxter

  • Oct 11, 2023 - R 300.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Oct 10, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "All the very best Sean! Keep smashing it x" - Jess Nunes

  • Oct 10, 2023 - R 5 000.00
  • "SJ van Coller Jaidan patient" - Snapscan

  • Oct 08, 2023 - USD $ 55.92 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Oct 08, 2023 - R 250.00 Fees covered
  • "Epic stuff, all the best!" - Anonymous

  • Oct 07, 2023 - USD $ 51.76
  • "Incredible! All the best" - Nicole & Jake Brinkley

  • Oct 07, 2023 - USD $ 112.63 Fees covered
  • "Amazing Seano! Goodluck with the journey. With love from us in Malta!" - Lushano Myburgh

  • Oct 07, 2023 - R 150.00 Fees covered
  • "Go Seano! Wishing you all the best on the journey - great initiative!" - Anonymous

  • Oct 07, 2023 - R 2 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Well done Sean- what a wonderful initiative. Good luck!!!! From a fellow OM." - Chris

  • Oct 07, 2023 - USD $ 108.05 Fees covered
  • "Go Seano Day 1 done & dusted! Keep pushing so proud!" - Nadz Broughton

  • Oct 07, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Looking good Sean!! Safe travels" - Jess Burgess

  • Oct 06, 2023 - R 300.00 Fees covered
  • "Best of luck Seanie! I know you’ll smash it ! “ I ate Tominaaao”" - Anonymous

  • Oct 06, 2023 - USD $ 51.19
  • "Backing you boy! Amazing cause. Well done 🤍" - Dave Strachan

  • Oct 06, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Oct 06, 2023 - R 150.00 Fees covered
  • "What legends! All the best!" - Anonymous

  • Oct 05, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Inspiring. Keep reaching for your dreams." - Anonymous

  • Oct 05, 2023 - USD $ 22.35 Fees covered
  • "Such an inspiration !" - Gaby

  • Oct 04, 2023 - R 250.00
  • "Goodluck Seano! Backing you all the way and have loved following your inspirational journey. All the best man!" - Wesley Walters

  • Sep 28, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Such a special cause! It is an honour to contribute to this charity" - Patricia

  • Sep 28, 2023 - R 216.00
  • "" - SASCOC Manager

  • Sep 27, 2023 - R 50.00
  • "MR JH VAN SCHOOR Gambatte!" - Snapscan

  • Sep 27, 2023 - R 350.00 Fees covered
  • "All the best to the both of you, Sean and James." - Nicky Smith

  • Sep 23, 2023 - USD $ 57.61 Fees covered
  • "Big up Sean. MHS OB support" - Al

  • Sep 05, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Aug 29, 2023 - R 216.00
  • "" - SASCOC Manager

  • Aug 23, 2023 - R 5 000.00
  • "God Bless" - Snapscan

  • Aug 22, 2023 - R 2 000.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anna Steyn

  • Aug 21, 2023 - R 5 000.00
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Aug 15, 2023 - USD $ 11.33 Fees covered
  • "Keep going and Goodluck 🙌" - Ariel

  • Jul 28, 2023 - R 216.00
  • "" - SASCOC Manager

  • Jul 07, 2023 - R 600.00
  • "Wian Kellerman" - Snapscan

  • Jun 30, 2023 - R 300.00
  • "Wian" - Snapscan

  • Jun 27, 2023 - R 216.00
  • "" - SASCOC Manager

  • Jun 24, 2023 - USD $ 28.82 Fees covered
  • "Truly Inspirational!! Good luck" - Jeremy

  • Jun 23, 2023 - R 550.00 Fees covered
  • "I am Sanveer, and today is my birthday. I would like to thank Sean and James for their courage, determination and passion towards the initiative to raise disability awareness. Thank you both for inspiring me." - Sanveer Baliraj

  • Jun 22, 2023 - USD $ 27.01 Fees covered
  • "Good luck ! Mikhaïl is a great kid that shared your cause!" - Anonymous

  • Jun 17, 2023 - R 3 009.00 Fees covered
  • "" - To my future brother in law! You drive me and daiy

  • Jun 13, 2023 - R 3 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Couldn't be prouder Seano" - Waters

  • Jun 13, 2023 - USD $ 54.03 Fees covered
  • "Keep pushing Seano! Beyond proud of you !" - Nadz Broughton

  • Jun 10, 2023 - USD $ 28.90 Fees covered
  • "This donation is from Mikhail de Leeuw, all the way from Dubai. Thank you for your inspiration." - Jacobus de Leeuw

  • Jun 05, 2023 - R 199.91 Fees covered
  • "GO GAMMIE AND SEAN !!!!! You’re INSANE !!!" - Anonymous

  • May 29, 2023 - R 216.00
  • "" - SASCOC Manager

  • May 20, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Wishing you everything of the best, Sean, with your journey. I am positive that James will get his new limb." - Anonymous

  • May 13, 2023 - R 3 000.00 Fees covered
  • "May your hearts desires be fulfilled." - Xolile

  • May 09, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "You are an inspiration Sean! Best wishes to you and James in this challenge you have set yourselves! You have our support!" - Anonymous

  • May 08, 2023 - USD $ 117.31 Fees covered
  • "An inspired initiative, best of luck to you both" - Anonymous

  • May 05, 2023 - USD $ 43.22 Fees covered
  • "Good luck Seano! Epic what you are doing🤘🏼" - Bonnar

  • May 04, 2023 - R 300.00
  • "Lee Cairns. Craighall Park neighbour. I'm so inspired." - Snapscan

  • May 02, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • May 01, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "What a selfless act🙂 Good luck🍀!!" - Anni Summer

  • May 01, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Best wishes for a successful challenge." - Hugh

  • May 01, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Awesome Seano, such a great cause. Good luck with the training, I know you’ll crush it!" - Matt

  • Apr 30, 2023 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "Very inspiring, Sean! Thank you for your gallant efforts to support this young man. Best of luck to you both!" - Anonymous

  • Apr 27, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Apr 26, 2023 - USD $ 54.57
  • "Good luck Seano, you’re a legend for this mate." - Cody

  • Apr 25, 2023 - R 216.00
  • "" - SASCOC Manager

  • Apr 24, 2023 - R 250.00
  • "Goodluck my boy ! You inspire" - Luke Strachan

  • Apr 24, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Epic Seano! Give it horns 🐝" - Shyam

  • Apr 17, 2023 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "Wishing you both everything of the very best from the UK!" - TNG

  • Apr 16, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Apr 14, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Go Seano!! Epic adventure and such a great cause. Crush it and have the best time x" - Heather

  • Apr 12, 2023 - USD $ 17.66 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Apr 12, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Awesome initiative guys- wishing you all the best" - Anonymous

  • Apr 12, 2023 - USD $ 17.66 Fees covered
  • "Incredible. Keep doing what you doing." - Bianke Biassoni (Wallendorf)

  • Apr 10, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Give it horns my guy. You’re an inspiration." - Ross & Clinton van Coller

  • Apr 10, 2023 - USD $ 59.27 Fees covered
  • "Keep on making the world a brighter place gents!" - Wade

  • Apr 08, 2023 - USD $ 11.86 Fees covered
  • "You and James are so inspirational" - Phorane

  • Apr 07, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Fantastic, very inspirational, all the best to you both!" - Anonymous

  • Apr 07, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "You are both such an inspiration! All the best to oth of you" - Anonymous

  • Apr 06, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "LOVE what you’re doing. Thank you for taking on such a tough challenge and for making such a big difference in someone’s life. Will follow your progress keenly. Good luck." - Anonymous

  • Apr 04, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "We thought we were “Tuff Nutterz” but you both sound much tougher than any of us. We wish you all the best in the challenge and will see you at the finish line in Cape Town." - Tuff Nutterz

  • Apr 04, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Jenna Searle

  • Apr 04, 2023 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "Good luck Sean, and all the best to James." - Anonymous

  • Apr 04, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Apr 04, 2023 - USD $ 30.33 Fees covered
  • "" - Leri

  • Apr 03, 2023 - USD $ 12.12 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Apr 03, 2023 - USD $ 30.30 Fees covered
  • "Sean and James, you two are such an inspiration! All the best and may God bless you both x" - Anonymous

  • Apr 03, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Sean and James, you are both such an inspiration! We will be cheering you on from the UK!" - Anonymous

  • Apr 03, 2023 - USD $ 12.12 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Apr 03, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "I wish you the best" - Fabio Cabula

  • Apr 03, 2023 - USD $ 129.66 Fees covered
  • "" - Chris Tay

  • Apr 03, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Apr 03, 2023 - USD $ 5.61
  • "Great cause!" - Samantha White

  • Apr 03, 2023 - USD $ 6.06 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Apr 03, 2023 - USD $ 30.30 Fees covered
  • "Good Luck Seanie -- I remember that awful accident so well - you truly are inspirational ---We look forward to following your journey ...xxx" - Anonymous

  • Apr 03, 2023 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "Well done Seano!" - Alex

  • Apr 03, 2023 - USD $ 60.60 Fees covered
  • "Good Luck Sean’s - inspirational as always!" - Ross King

  • Apr 03, 2023 - R 200.00
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Apr 03, 2023 - USD $ 25.00
  • "Goodluck Sean!" - Kp

  • Apr 03, 2023 - USD $ 30.36 Fees covered
  • "What a boych- Gilly and Claire" - Gilly and Claire

  • Apr 02, 2023 - R 250.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Apr 02, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Hannah

  • Apr 02, 2023 - USD $ 21.25 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Apr 02, 2023 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Apr 02, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "" - SASCOC Manager

  • Apr 02, 2023 - USD $ 12.14 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Apr 02, 2023 - USD $ 12.14 Fees covered
  • "So inspirational Sean!" - Liesl

  • Apr 02, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "You can do anything Champ!!!!!" - The ZDs

  • Apr 02, 2023 - USD $ 12.14 Fees covered
  • "Good luck Seano" - Nicolas Hellens

  • Apr 02, 2023 - USD $ 30.36 Fees covered
  • "So inspiring, hope this small donation helps!" - Anonymous

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