Joining forces to help give Siyabonga a better life

| August 18, 2016


During September 2015 the Better Life Organisation invited charity organisations to submit proposals for funding.  One of the proposals selected to be awarded funding from Better Life was received from the Senecio Organisation, based in Somerset West.

Staff from Senecio provide therapy and training interventions at care centres such as the Simanyene Centre for the Disabled, where Wayne and Sue Royce and their dedicated team of carers provide care for 16 learners.  It was through the assistance that Senecio provides to the carers & learners at Simanyene Centre that Siyabonga, a 12 year old learner with athetoid cerebral palsy, was identified as needing specialised equipment which would improve his mobility and enable better communication to facilitate his learning and development.

siyabonga1Better Life Organisation and the Rachel Swart Fund joined forces to provide the funding for the wheelchair and communication equipment for Siyabonga.   There has been a superb collaborative effort by Wayne and Sue Royce, Simanyene Centre carers and therapists from Senecio to assist and guide Siyabonga on how to operate the communication device and apps that will assist in his development.

The official handover of the wheelchair took place in August 2016 at Simanyene Centre and once Siyabonga was secure in his wheelchair there was no holding back on his bright smile and bold determination to move forward on his journey, especially now that he has access to equipment which will help him overcome obstacles along the way.


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