0n 23 October 2011, a friend of mine who was also in the Air Force with me, Jacques Meiring and who was 20 years old at that time, drove into the back of my car with his motorcycle when I had to reduce speed after a truck swerved in front of me. He bumped my car, lost control and ended up on being flung through the air when he hit a pavement. His leg was amputated in the middle of the knee later that day.
During January 2012 he recovered to such an extent that he could receive his first prosthetic leg at 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa. His leg was light duty and because he succeeded in walking soon, they provided him with a better quality leg a month later. However, he resigned during 2016 with the prospects of better job opportunities. It did not realise and he is still unemployed. Jacques is still having the same prosthetic leg which he received during March 2012 and he had to repair his leg using DIY welding skills, but the leg is noisy and the foot and knee is no longer in a good condition and it needs replacement. A new prosthetic leg costs between $10000 and $15000.
.Jacques has since he resigned done some welding courses, but he needs to enrol at an institution in George, Western Cape Province or in Pretoria, Gauteng Province, in South Africa where he will get further training, complete his trade test and be assisted to get a job placement. The training costs approximately $5000.
Jacques do not have the funds to replace his worn prosthetic leg and for his training. His mother is also unemployed and they barely survive on the small interest income he receive from a small investment he made when he received some cimpensation from the Road Accident Fund in 2016.
I want to help Jacques with all my heart, but I do not have the financial means to do so.
I hereby humbly request assistance to help replace Jacques's prosthetic leg and to help him to complete his training as welder. The ultimate goal is to get him properly mobile and employed.
Your support in this regard would be highly appreciated.