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Kolisi Foundation crowdfunds to support paraplegic teenager after gang violence

Kolisi Foundation crowdfunds to support paraplegic teenager after gang violence

Image: ©Gary van Wyk/Black Bean Productions

At the age of 3, Bryan Diamond (17) from Heinz Park, Cape Town was left paralyzed when a gang bullet ripped through his head, removing most of his brain.

His mother, Ronell who was also shot during the incident, has dedicated the last 14 years of her life to caring for her son who spends most of his time in bed and is fed via a feeding tube every 2 hours.

In the last 2 months, Bryan’s accessibility and quality of life has increased tremendously, with the Kolisi Foundation stepping in to make life-changing alterations to the Diamond home, allowing Bryan to be more included in family activities.

To further support Bryan and his family, the Kolisi Foundation has partnered with Shonaquip, a non-profit organisation based in Cape Town that provides specialised wheelchairs and support services to those in need. 

Kindly donating R40 000 towards a customised buggy and seating, the Kolisi Foundation has launched a campaign to support Shonaquip Social Enterprise in raising a further R51 000 on BackaBuddy to cover the cost of a side-lyer and car positioner, that will support Bryan’s body and allow the family to travel more freely.

Additional costs will also be used to cover the cost of his therapy.

With support from the public, over R12 300 has already been raised on the platform with kind contributions from donors both locally and abroad.

Support Bryan’s campaign by making a donation on Backabuddy https://www.backabuddy.co.za/the-story-of-bryan-diamond
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“With funds raised on Bryan’s BackaBuddy campaign, he will be equipped with the appropriate devices he urgently needs and his barriers to accessing government health and social services will be eliminated. His mother, who has been taking care of him 24 hours a day for the last 14 years will also be able to move around her community more easily” – says Danika Schultz, from Shonaquip Social Enterprise.

Bryan with his mom, Ronell. Image: Gary van Wyk, Black Bean Productions

Connect with the Kolisi Foundation

The Kolisi Foundation was established in March 2020 although its origins evolved through the roots of the Founders, Siya and Rachel Kolisi, experience upon experience, since 1990.

Image: Gary van Wyk, Black Bean Productions

The Kolisi Foundation encompasses Siya and Rachel Kolisi’s heart in one project. The Kolisi duo has a vision to change the narrative of inequality for people in vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in South Africa by providing assistance and opportunities through partnerships.

Proudly rooted in their home country of South Africa, they are truly agents of change. With hearts willing and ready to serve and a strong conviction: By remembering the one, “One by One” they will impact the nation.  Contact The Kolisi Foundation

Connect with Shonaquip Social Enterprise

Shonaquip Social Enterprise and the Uhambo Foundation, together forming a social enterprise, are committed to transforming the quality of life of individuals living with moderate to severe disabilities. 

They design, manufacture and supply posture support wheelchairs, mobility equipment and positioning devices. They provide a range of services including assessment, customized fittings, reviews and training to support use of these products.

They strive to uphold and protect the rights of people with disabilities through policy and needs-based practice. Contact Shonaquip

Launch a campaign on BackaBuddy to support Shonaquip here or email monique@backabuddy.co.za for more information.

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Zane Groenewald

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