Wheelchair handover

Mandy Davids, her son Jamie Oerson, 11, and his grandfather John Lefember.

A Tafelsig boy was given a wheelchair by the Women’s International Zionist Organisation (WIZO) South Africa at Integrated Guardian Ministries Eden Pentecostal Church, in Eastridge, on Wednesday June 9.

Jamie Chryslen Oerson, 11, who has cerebellar ataxia, and is paralysed from the waist down, was one of three recipients of the children’s wheelchairs, brought in from Israeli non-profit organisation Wheelchairs of Hope.

The other wheelchairs went to Migael Jansen, 6, from Upington, who was at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital on the day of handover; and to Lentegeur School for Learners with Special Educational Needs.

Pictured at the back, from left, are Isaac Hamdulay, from Tafelsig, Ministers of Mitchell’s Plain chairman and general secretary of the Concerned Clergy Western Cape Mark Bloemstein, and Owen Gallant, from Wetton. In front are wheelchair donor Dominique Lambert-Gamsu, Women’s International Zionist Organisation South Africa chairwoman Shelley Trope-Friedman, Integrated Guardian Ministries chairman Pastor Ricardo Sloster, John Lefember, Lester Poole and Audrey Gallant. Sitting is wheelchair recipient Jamie Oerson, 11, from Tafelsig.

The Eastridge based church has been working with WIZO since February to assist parents, who have been carrying their children since birth.