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Disabled people also need a future

   15 December 2017   l   Andries van der Heyde    l   Views: 71   l   36 days ago  


Three men set out on a campaign to promote awareness for disabled people. The group walked for more than a week from Polokwane to Pretoria, where they made a short stop at Bela-Bela. On the photo are Samuel Moela, John Leshilo (organiser) and Thato Mohubedu. 


There is a stigma attached when  people believe that disabled persons cannot take care of themselves and will always be taken care of, but the opposite is true if such people are granted the necessary skills.

A group of men brought traffic to a slow last week when they attempted to walk from Polokwane to Pretoria in order to place focus on the needs of disabled people. They arrived at Bela-Bela on Friday, 8 December, on foot, with traffic officers escorting them.

John Leshilo, organiser of the Leshilo JK Awareness and Fundraising Walk, told The Post that he and two others, Samuel Moela and Thato Mohubedu, who support the cause, set out from Polokwane on Monday, 4 December.

“We are walking for the education of disabled and underprivileged people so that they can also further their studies on tertiary level. We hope that our walk will inspire pri-vate persons and government to assist us in providing facilities and opportunities so that we can take care of our own future,” said Leshilo.

He said that they have already received interest from people, and hope that more people will assist them.

The group reached Pretoria on Sunday, 10 December. They joined up with the Nelson Mandela Remembrance Walk and made their way to the Union Buildings to continue promoting their cause.

Since the start of the walk the three men braved rainy conditions and struggled with accommodation, but their cause is something that they believe in and they hope for the necessary support, said Leshilo.

People who want to know more about the Leshilo JK Awareness and Fundraising Walk, can phone Leshilo on tel. 072 801 2406 or send an email to leshilojk@gmail.com(.)




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