Giving a young rugby star the wheels to take him to the top
24-year old Bennie Erasmus is a man on a mission. He is a passionate rugby player and very talented - so talented that he has been chosen for the Springbok training group. Bennie is however not your run-of-the-mill kind of rugby player. He plays Wheelchair Rugby. A car crash in April 2009 left him a quadriplegic. He was a very good sportsman, particularly rugby before the accident and decided not to let his new reality hold him back.
He plays for the TUKS team, where his talent and dedication has not gone unnoticed. However, Bennie requires a customized, special wheelchair to participate internationally and his family has been trying all sorts of fund raising to pay for it.
They've made some progress, but is still R 30 000,00 short ... That's where our special Good Morning Angel comes in ...
Bennie Erasmus was op 9 April 2009 in 'n motor ongeluk en sy beserings het hom 'n kwadrupleeg gelaat. Hy was 'n goeie rugbyspeler op skool en het rolstoelrugby probeer en daarvan gehou.
Bennie speel op die oomblik vir Tukkies Universiteit rugby en is gekies vir die Springbok rolstoel rugbyspan oefengroep.
Die rolstoel wat hy nodig het, word vir hom gemaak in New Zeeland volgens sy postuur en lengte. Die stoel kos R53000.00 en ons hou 'n vondsinsamelings om die stoel te kan betaal.
Enige hulp sal baie verwelkom word.
Wheelchair Rugby is a full contact sport played by persons with impairments in all four limbs. It is the only Paralympic sport allowing full contact. Disabled people competing in the sport make use of custom made, specially designed rugby wheelchairs.
South Africa as a country has the potential to be the best Wheelchair Rugby nation in the world.
Disabilities caused by motor vehicle accidents, birth deformities and sport injuries have been eliminated in the more developed countries, giving South Africa an advantage with the proverbial disadvantage. It is therefore of utmost importance to prioritize the development of Wheelchair Rugby in South Africa at all levels and in all communities.
South Africa Wheelchair Rugby, as an associated member of SA Rugby, supports the development of Wheelchair Rugby in all regions and communities. Our aim is to transform the lives of people living with a disability at all ages, and by example prove a successful lifestyle previously thought to be impossible by many disabled people as well as their families.
Bennie Erasmus joined the Tuks Wheelchair Rugby Club in 2010. During the past year, Bennie has shown major improvement in athlete development, and has grown in stature both physically and psychologically. The maturity and commitment that Bennie shows as a young athlete are not often seen. Not only is he a hard working athlete with huge potential as a Wheelchair Rugby player, but he also avails himself unselfishly to develop Wheelchair Rugby in previously disadvantaged communities.
Bennie is earmarked as a potential high performance athlete for the near future, a huge feat if taken into consideration that he is only twenty years of age. Any investment in his Wheelchair Rugby career can be seen as an investment in the future of South Africa Wheelchair Rugby.
South Africa Wheelchair Rugby unfortunately does not have the means to support a high performance athlete such as Bennie with finances or equipment. It is therefore that we encourage athletes to seek funding to obtain their own equipment. In order for Bennie to achieve his maximum potential as a high performance athlete of the future, it is of utmost importance for him to obtain his own rugby wheelchair.
Rugby wheelchairs are custom built to each athlete‚??s disability and dimensions. Wheelchairs are also manufactured to comply with the rules and regulations set by the IWRF (International Wheelchair Rugby Federation). The cost implication of rugby wheelchairs is extremely high and all rugby wheelchairs are designed and manufacture by overseas companies.
South Africa Wheelchair Rugby is hugely grateful for any support given to assist our athletes in reaching their full potential. We hereby request your support in achieving our goals to develop athletes such as Mr Erasmus into world class Wheelchair Rugby players.
Your support is greatly appreciated.
South Africa Wheelchair Rugby
REQUEST FROM: Felicity Erasmus and Victor Buitendag from South African Wheelchair Rugby (084-308-5856, email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bennie Erasmus (082-828-9383)
Jaques Steyn, Project Director Sandvik Mining and Construction SA
Sandvik Mining and Construction SA will sponsor the outstanding R 30 000,00 to secure Bennie the Wheelchair he needs to play rugby.
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