THE Breidbach Clinic gratefully accepted a much-needed wheelchair on Tuesday, after it was donated to the facility by a member of the community.
It was the second wheelchair donation in two months from members of the community.
Frank “Boetie” Walters, who serves on the clinic committee, donated the latest wheelchair on behalf of his entire family.
“My brother Harry, who used the wheelchair, was a people’s person, affectionately loved by the entire community for the soup kitchen he ran from his home.
“After he was called to higher grounds two years ago, the wheelchair was just standing in the house, which brought back some memories,” Walters said.
“We as a family know that the decision to donate it to the clinic, where a lot of patients could be helped with it, would be appreciated by our beloved brother,” he said.
Elated clinic committee chairman Desmond Coetzee thanked the Walters family for the much-needed wheelchair donation.
Coetzee said the clinic both belonged to and was there to serve the entire community and the kind donation by the family was a sign that people cared about each other.
The clinic serves many in the needy communities of Breidbach, Sweetwaters and Acorn Valley.
Clinic operational manager sister Yoliswa Qamba said she was “on cloud nine” thanks to the donation and commended the community for their unselfish support of their facility.
“Community involvement is one of the core values at Breidbach Clinic and this is indicated by the voluntary donation of a wheelchair from one of the community members.
“It is a clear indication that the Breidbach community is taking ownership, which is highly appreciated, to improve the condition of the clinic and health status of the community,” Qamba said.
She said the community was following in the steps of the government strategy Vuku’zenzele, which means “get up and do it”.
Qamba said: “We are looking forward to donating the old wheelchair to another clinic where there is a greater need.
“Thank you so much and remember that together we can improve and change our communities for the better,” Qamba said.