The Kirsty Watts Foundation was initiated by Kirsty Watts, aged 14 at the time, during her treatment and recovery from a malignant brain tumor. Kirsty believes in ‘kids helping kids’ and feels that since she was fortunate to receive incredible support and medical care, she would like to assist children less fortunate than herself. Proceeds from various initiatives are distributed directly to children identified as requiring assistance for a variety of needs.
Eazi Access is honoured to continue our support of this remarkable foundation through two exciting initiatives: a giant wall mural and the deeply impressive and courageous Riding for a Limb.
For the creation of the mural we donated money as well as a diesel boom lift and diesel scissor lift to raise the artists up to the heights needed to bring this inspiring vision to life.
Coinciding with the start of the mural on the 6th June was the beginning of a formidable adventure for a courageous young woman, Gerda du Toit. Just two years ago, Gerda lost both her legs and feared her life was over. But she bravely moved from a wheelchair to a motorbike for a 4 000 kilometre mission called Riding for a Limb with the aim of raising awareness and funds for children needing prosthetic limbs. The Kirsty Watts Foundation has already helped fit more than 50 children with prosthetic limbs at an average cost of R20 000 including consultations and rehabilitation. But much more has to be done, which is why Gerda, a mother of two, gave up her time to take on this massive challenge.
The first morning of her journey saw the Eazi team in our branded truck (with scissor lifts on the back) and bakkies leading the Riding for a Limb send-off parade.
Gerda’s epic adventure was followed by TV, radio, print and social media; and took her from Johannesburg to Cape Town and back via the Garden Route and Transkei on the back of a Honda Integra. Covering 400 kilometres each day, Gerda was escorted into all major towns by the Christian Motorcyclists Association. The ride is the longest ever by a female bilateral amputee, and will be submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records!
Gerda arrived home to a hero’s welcome on Sunday 26th June at the site of the mural. The function was attended by the MEC for Roads and Transport, Dr Ismail Vadi; Brett Fleming and the team from the Kirsty Watts Foundation. A very proud moment for all of us from the Eazi team, knowing we had played a small part in this inspiring young woman’s accomplishment. If someone with no legs can accomplish something so spectacular, imagine what we – as able-bodied people – can accomplish when we put our minds to it.
In the spirit of Riding for a Limb, Eazi Access was also extremely proud to donate a prosthesis to an equally courageous young man, Njabulo Shange. Njabulo visited the Eazi Durban branch on 8th July and impressed the team with his determination, positivity, humility and gratitude. Marius, our Durban Branch Manager, said they felt fortunate and humbled to meet him.
A big thank you goes out to each and every one of you for the fact that we have been able to give back in such positive ways. Let’s take this spirit out there to wow, delight and serve our customers.