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Jenny Needs Braille Literacy Equipment

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Hi there, my name is Debra Holmes from Fish Hoek, Cape Town - South Africa, and I’d like your assistance in raising funds for my dear friend Jennifer (Jenny) Pretorious

Jenny is a 58-year-old lady, who is deaf and clinically blind. We met in our local park when she was walking her guide dog. We battled to communicate at first, but then I realized she could lip-read, we just clicked and she crept into my heart.

Jenny has lived with a condition called Usher Syndrome (Nerve Deafness and Retinitis pigmentosa), meaning she was born profoundly deaf and has minimal peripheral vision, which is deteriorating rapidly, and is now finding it difficult to lip-read and focus. 

To prepare her for a life of total blindness and deafness she has had a cochlear implant inserted - a life-changing device - but it does come with its challenges like dizziness and ringing in her ears (tinnitus). She also experiences headaches from stress while trying to focus on reading and doing visual activities.  

To help her manage her day-to-day life, Jen had a guide dog called “Kaine”. He was her Eyes and Ears as he enabled her to stay independent.  Sadly, Kaine passed away on 23 August 2021 during a biopsy -an advanced stage of liver cancer.

The sudden loss of Kaine has left Jenny devastated and inconsolable.  Kaine was not only her best friend and companion who helped her through her daily challenges; he was also her eyes, ears, and independence. 

Jenny will need to get another guide dog, but it could take up to 3 years for this to happen.

In the past, I’ve appealed for your help in raising funds to buy her a REVEAL 16i magnifier plus program for her computer. But with Jenny’s vision deteriorating very fast to less than 2 percent, she can no longer read normal print books and newspapers. 

She now needs to learn braille urgently to help her stay in touch with the outside world, she requires a Braille Mantis Q40.

This item costs about R 56 000 as it needs to be imported, there are no similar items in South Africa. This is totally out of our reach and therefore we’re returning to BackaBuddy to help raise additional funds. Your donation towards helping Jen would be so gratefully received. 

We also need to purchase Jenny a 6dot Braille label maker, Dolphin magnifier, a Braille and screen reader PC program and a few other gadgets, to make Jenny’s life easier and help her navigate her surroundings while she waits for her Braille Mantis Q40.

Addional funds raised, will give opportunity Jenny an opportunity to go for much needed speech therapy.

Any amount, no matter how big or small, would truly make a difference. Please, everyone, let’s pull together and help give Jen a world where she can keep in touch with her friends and family.

 

Bless you and thank you.

 

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Donations

  • Mar 15, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    All the best Jenny from the Tilbury family in Fish Hoek

    " - Tilbury

  • Mar 14, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    an example to all

    " - fritz &jenny

  • Mar 02, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "

    With love

    " - Colleen Louw

  • Mar 01, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Feb 28, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "

    Pauline Siche

    " - Snapscan

  • Feb 25, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Wishing you good luck, we are thinking of you" - Terry & Gavin Finlayson

  • Feb 24, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "You are very coragious. Hope you can very soon get the equipment you need" - Andrew

  • Feb 23, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Best of luck" - Anonymous

  • Feb 23, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Wishing you the best xx" - Susan Unsworth

  • Feb 23, 2022 - R 50 000.00
  • "

    DOMINICAN SISTERS

    " - Regional Dominican

  • Feb 22, 2022 - R 250.00
  • "

    Jenny, your courage and determination is humbling. Wishing you the very best.

    " - JB

  • Feb 22, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "

    Continue to be an inspiration to people who think they can't!

    " - Anonymosu

  • Feb 22, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Good Luck!

    " - Joan Walton

  • Feb 21, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "i salute your bravery" - Anonymous

  • Feb 21, 2022 - R 25 000.00
  • "

    You do not know me, but I knew your Mom at F.H Craft Club. Good luck

    " - Marian Williams

  • Feb 21, 2022 - USD $ 66.06
  • "Best wishes Jenny - " - Stuart

  • Feb 20, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "I hope you achieve your goal soon. " - Allison

  • Feb 19, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "Read your story in The Bulletin. So sorry about the loss of Kaine! " - Candice

  • Feb 18, 2022 - R 300.00
  • "Best of luck" - Sally & Norma

  • Feb 18, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    We wish you all of the best

    " - Debbie Kilbride

  • Feb 18, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Keep smiling Jenny - you are amazing and an inspiration." - V & A

  • Feb 17, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "With His grace." - Sue

  • Feb 17, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Love endures" - Philip

  • Feb 17, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "All the best Jenny. Stay positive!" - John and Glenys

  • Feb 16, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "With love" - Philippa Tucker

  • Feb 09, 2022 - R 1 000.00
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    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Feb 09, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "

    All the best, thinking of you.

    " - JBT

  • Feb 08, 2022 - R 300.00
  • "a little help goes a long way all together" - ML

  • Feb 08, 2022 - R 50.00
  • "Read your story on IOL. I am so inspired by your resilience and everything you have achieved despite your challenges. I hope and pray you get your device. You deserve it." - Stevie

  • Oct 05, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "

    Dearest Jenny, I used to live next door to you and I'm devastated to hear about Caine. My heart goes out to you.

    " - Vera Faasen

  • Oct 05, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    Strength to you brave lady.

    " - A friend

  • Sep 22, 2021 - USD $ 33.66
  • "We hope you reach your fund-raising goal soon Jenny. Thinking of you x " - Matt & Amy

  • Sep 21, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    So sorry to hear about Kaine, Jenny. I taught you at DGS, many moons ago! Best wishes.

    " - Pippa Greensmith

  • Sep 16, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    With Love

    " - MC Van Zyl

  • Sep 15, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "

    Thinking of you Jenny xxx

    " - Tash

  • Sep 13, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "In memory of Kaine." - Lisa

  • Sep 12, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "" - Mandy

  • Sep 12, 2021 - USD $ 50.00
  • "Good Luck" - Joyce

  • Sep 10, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "In memory of a very special Kaine, I hope the Braille Mantis will very soon be a reality" - W

  • Sep 09, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    Hi Jenny. I worked with you at Technical Repair Group in the SAN DOD. Keep well and safe.

    " - Lester Cameron

  • Sep 08, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Kaine was the sweetest dog we had the privilege of meeting. Wishing you all the best during your new braille chapter and hoping that you reach your goals. XX" - Bronwyn

  • Sep 07, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Always admired you and Caine - good luck with your goal!" - RobynG

  • Sep 07, 2021 - USD $ 10.54
  • "Our two year old was diagnosed with usher syndrome. We hope this helps you retain your independence! " - The Gnau family

  • Jan 21, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "

    You are an inspiration to us. Now that I know your name, I can greet you when we meet in Fish Hoek!

    " - Eva van Belle

  • Jan 18, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Love you Jenny" - Susan wright

  • Jan 17, 2021 - USD $ 32.83
  • "Hoping you meet the goals soooon! " - Sheila

  • Jan 17, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Much love xx" - Heather

  • Jan 01, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "You are an inspiration to us all Jenny!" - Someone proud to call you family

  • Dec 30, 2020 - R 5 000.00
  • "Never underestimate how much you inspire others Jenny! " - Barbara Florence

  • Dec 28, 2020 - USD $ 136.81
  • "No message added." - Friend

  • Dec 24, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Admire you tremendously, good luck and hugs for Kaine!" - The24HRTEAM

  • Dec 21, 2020 - USD $ 34.30
  • "All the best from the AP Jones team, Jen! We love seeing you and Kaine in our store and coffee shop." - Greg, Lynn and Lauren Bing of AP Jones

  • Dec 20, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Kitkat says hello to his bro Kaine" - Liz Falconer

  • Dec 19, 2020 - USD $ 20.00
  • "May ALL your dreams come true!!!" - Tamara

  • Dec 19, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Hope this assists in reaching your goal <3" - RobynG

  • Dec 19, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck Jen" - Tracey Pace

  • Dec 18, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "May your dreams come true" - Debra Holmes

  • Dec 18, 2020 - USD $ 5 000.00
  • "Love you Jen" - Loved one

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Hi there, my name is Debra Holmes; I live in Fish Hoek - Cape Town – South Africa. I’m raising funds for my very dear friend, Jennifer Pretorius, who is 58 years old; she is deaf and clinically blind.