Michaella Fisher Botha - Electric wheelchair (Good Morning Angels)
It's tough enough to be a student ... all alone in a city and province far from home. Many families scrape the funds together to pay tuition. Added to that: the books, the boarding costs, the travel with pocket money last on the list.
Michaella Fisher Botha is a 21 year old young lady, a first year sound engineering student at the Emendy Sound & Music Technologies College in Hatfield, Pretoria. She is originally from Durban, but because of her passion for the music industry, had to move to Pretoria, as there is no facility for her in the Durban area to study this degree.
I met Michaella at the commune in Arcadia, Pretoria, where she lives. My son , Adrian Dane, also a student, lives in the same commune.
Michaella is the most confident, motivated, independent and nicest young lady that I have ever met. However, she has a disability. She was born with a condition called Spina Bifida, and this has confined her to a wheelchair. She cannot walk, because her legs never developed. Due to her condition, she also now experiences kidney failure, and has kidney dialysis done once a week. This treatment gets done at the Mediforum Hospital.
Michaella‚??s only means of transport is her standard wheelchair. She told me her parents are battling financially to afford her studies as well as her accommodation in Pretoria, and therefore gets very little allowance. Barely enough for her to afford her food.
Michaella wheels herself to college every morning, which is 2 kilometers from the commune, downhill, and has to do the same in the afternoon, 2 kilometers uphill, to get home. She also wheels herself to hospital once a week to receive the kidney dialysis, the hospital being 3 kilometers from her home, and once again, another 3 kilometers home. She is supposed to rest after her treatment. The Mediforum hospital is on the corner of Schoeman and Nelson Mandela streets, and she lives close to the university of Pretoria.
She told me she is such a proud person, and does not want to be a burden to anybody, and therefor feels embarrassed to ask for help. She also told me that she cannot afford a taxi, because this would dig into her food money.
I am writing this letter to appeal to Good Morning Angels, or any of your listeners, to come forward and be of some assistance, in whatever form, to Michaella. I am convinced that any assistance will help to make Michaella‚??s life easier. Whether financially, help with transport, and ultimately an electric wheelchair.
Michaella is desperate to fulfill her dream of becoming a sound engineer, so that one day, she will be able to look after herself.
Posted on 2011-08-21 12:17:42It's tough enough to be a student ... all alone in a city and province far from home. Many families scrape the funds together to pay tuition. Added to that: the books, the boarding costs, the travel with pocket money last on the list. Today's very special recipient is however not your everyday kind of student. 21-year old Michaella Fisher Botha is originally from Durban, studying to become a sound engineer at a Pretoria college. She was born with Spina Bifida - which has left her in a wheel chair as her leg muscles never developed. She has not let this hold her back and gets by, in her manual wheelchair. Her chair is her only mode of transport, so she wheels the 2 km's to class and back every day. On top of this, Michaella's condition has also affected her kidneys, which means she has to receive dialysis once a week. This trip too she makes solo in her wheel chair once a week - 3 km's to the hospital and back to the commune where she stays. She never asks for help or pity and lives her life independently. She scrapes by financially every month as her parents pockets are already stretched as far as it can go. But she doesn't give up. Today, Good Morning Angels will lend this proud, determined young woman a helping hand on her way to success.
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