Amashova by wheelchair to raise funds
DURBAN – Fundraiser, Grant Oosthuyzen will compete in this year’s Amashova on his wheelchair to raise fund for Boccia.
While the Amashova is a feat beyond most, Oosthyzen (26) will tackle the challenge in a custom made electric wheelchair. “As a quadriplegic I am able to use my foot to type and do my work as well as drive my wheelchair,” said the graphic designer-cum-photographer. Tackling the road in a wheelchair is no small task for this Boccia enthusiast. “The angles on the road are not made for wheelchairs so it will be tough,” said Oosthyzen.
Oosthuyzen’s wheelchair for the race will be sponsored by Mr Wheelchair. “We are building a custom wheelchair to make the race as comfortable as possible so that he can control the chair with his toe,” said Martin Visagie, owner of Mr Wheelchair. As a wheelchair user himself, Visagie applauded the vision. “He is raising funds for others and corporate bodies should stand together and support someone like that,” said Visagie.
The Boccia community spans from Amanzimtioti down to Escourt and raising funds for Boccia and other disabled sports is an initiative close to Oosthuyzen’s heart. “We see each other at practice and the tournaments are like family reunions with everyone sharing their news,” said Oosthuyzen. Funds raised will help to cover expenses for Oosthuyzen’s Boccia team as well as funding a tour. Oosthyzen is an avid competitor in the precision ball sport similar to bowls. “I have been playing Boccia since primary school -that makes it 14 years,” said Oosthyzen.
While fundraising is the aim of the day, Oosthuyzen also hopes to raise awareness and promote unity. “This race is a big event and I want to show the public that we can partake in these events,” said Oosthuyzen.
Race organizers aim to accommodate Oosthuyzen’s vision. “We have so many wonderful people doing the event for many causes and we try to promote this aspect of the race wherever we can,” said Race Director Annie Batchelder.
The Amashova will take place on October 22 with expectations riding high for a successful event.
To assist with the wheelchair contact Martin Visagie on 031 7014620.
To donate to the cause contact Grant Oosthuyzen on 072 1173 716 (Whatsapp).