April 16, 2014

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Help Get Simphiwe ‘Off the Ground’

Simphiwe is an artist with no arms or legs who taught himself to skateboard when his electric wheelchair broke. Campaign Simphiwe is an initiative that is trying to raise funds to help him out.

A fire burned down Simphiwe’s shack in the township of Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa. He was lucky to escape with his life, but lost his electric wheelchair and with it, his freedom to get around. He is also an artist with a strong fighting spirit and refused to be confined to his home, so he sourced a used skateboard and learned to balance on it. Soon he was skating around his township to the delight of honking cars and passersby. He is unable to survive on the small government grant he receives and has seldom been able to see a doctor.

You can donate here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-get-simphiwe-off-the-ground

Simphiwe has been struggling for a number of years on his govt. disability fund of $127 per month. He has not been able to get ahead and in fact has lost everything, including his mobility. As you see in the video, Simphiwe is an extremely positive and capable individual. He just needs your help. THE IMMEDIATE GOAL is to help Simphiwe ‘off the ground’ and to provide some basic support enabling him to become productive again.

Successful funding of the Campaign will bring Simphiwe:

Immediate medical attention.
A specially adapted electric wheelchair.
Special adaptations to his small home to make it wheelchair friendly.
Basic furniture for his home (a couch, a kitchen table, stove).
Enrollment to computer courses (to enable him to derive an income from home – a big step towards his goal of financial independence).
Laptop.
Small monthly allowance for transport to computer classes and to sustain him whilst studying.
Everything from recognition on our website to pictures drawn and signed by Simphiwe are available as Perks in gratitude for your contribution. Simphiwe deeply appreciates your help! Please pledge today…you know what to do!

The Impact of Your Help

Simphiwe is a talented artist whose lifetime ambition encompasses being an ambassador for other disabled people. His lifetime goal is to be fitted with artificial limbs and be able to drive a specially fitted vehicle.

Your contribution will play a key role and go a long way to help Simphiwe ‘OFF the GROUND’ and towards fulfilling his life aspirations to being a productive member of society. With your donation – large or small – you will pledge that you believe, like us, that this person deserves a helping hand. By supporting Simphiwe, you will become a member of the ever-growing Campaign Simphiwe family, and join us as we spread our message.

Other Ways You Can Help

The first step toward helping us reach as many eyes, ears & hearts as we can would be to:

Talk about us!
Share our video
Like our Facebook page
Follow and Tweet us
Chat with the team directly at iwannahelp@campaignsimphiwe.co.za