He is paraplegic, just got a job after searching 4 years and can finally be independent. But...

by dwave
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... But, he needs some help getting to that stage where he can finally be able to help himself and not depend on anyone again.

I am basically talking about someone I know that I am trying to help so he can help himself.

I know a lot has been said about people coming to WF to give "pity stories", and the reason I agreed to lend a voice to this person in question is because I don't particularly see this as a pity story. But more of someone who needs certain resources to be able to go out and "fish for himself."

The short of the story is that this guy I know has been wheelchair bound for 11 years from an accident. In a bid to help himself and not be completely dependent on people, he has done a bit of IM, created a few products and as far as I can tell, has at the very least been able to make a few bucks here and there over the past few years. But now he has the chance to be completely financially independent as he has just gotten a relatively ok job. However, this person lives in a developing country and at such does not have access to such things as government disability grants and insurance payouts, etc.

But in order to be able to effectively work this job, he needs to be mobile, and sadly his current wheelchair is in a very bad shape and won't be able to withstand the pressures of being active everyday.

So this person has set up a fundraiser here where he is trying to raise funds to help him be mobile, which ultimately is about helping him to help himself.

So I thought to ask fellow warriors, many of whom have rallied to help people in need in the past, and perhaps more specifically, people who are trying to help themselves, which is what this person in question is doing.

So will those warriors who are willing and able to help someone help himself please visit this site and make whatever contribution they can to the fundraiser.
  • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
    Very inspiring. I encounter numerous people every day
    facing challenges... far too many!

    My first question to them is ususally, "So, what are you doing
    about it?" I know that nothing will really change until that
    person takes the lead/responsibility for helping themselves.

    Once that happens, help from others is usually so much
    more impactful/leveraged!

    Way to go!

    Willie
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Williams
    I love hearing stories like this. Did some digging and it looks as if Kanayo may qualify for the Wheelchair Foundation, a group dedicated to providing wheelchairs to those in need worldwide.

    Wheelchair Foundation - A charity nonprofit

    To date, they have given away over 918,000 wheelchairs. Over 22,000 in South Africa alone ...

    Wheelchair Foundation - A charity nonprofit

    And if you are wondering if the wheelchairs they give away will fit Kanayo's needs, they sound very similar in design and durability to what he has listed in his fundraiser. Here's the specs ...

    Wheelchair Foundation - A charity nonprofit

    I'd contact the foundation immediately to get the ball rolling. If he can secure the wheelchair from them, it might speed up the fundraising process and he can get the used car he's going to need.

    (Sorry, couldn't locate any reliable used car charities in SA right now. However, it appears that there are currently over 80 newspapers active in South Africa at the moment. You could call them about Kanayo's story and see if they would like to run with it. Just an idea worth exploring.)

    South African Newspapers : Newspapers from South Africa : South African News : Africa

    List of newspapers in South Africa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Anyway, hope this helps. Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author OMichael
      Originally Posted by Jeff Williams View Post

      I love hearing stories like this. Did some digging and it looks as if Kanayo may qualify for the Wheelchair Foundation, a group dedicated to providing wheelchairs to those in need worldwide.

      (Sorry, couldn't locate any reliable used car charities in SA right now. However, it appears that there are currently over 80 newspapers active in South Africa at the moment. You could call them about Kanayo's story and see if they would like to run with it. Just an idea worth exploring.)

      South African Newspapers : Newspapers from South Africa : South African News : Africa

      List of newspapers in South Africa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      Anyway, hope this helps. Good luck!
      This is an absolutely brilliant suggestion Jeff. Newspapers are a quick and surefire way to spread the word as far and wide as possible, and perhaps even to reach that one person/organization that might be willing to do something big to help Kanayo. He will definitely be pleased with this suggestion.
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  • Profile picture of the author dwave
    Thank you guys so much for supporting my buddy
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