New & Views - Sasol pumps up patients
The stars of the Sasol South Africa Wheelchair Basketball team visited the Netcare Rehabilitation hospital in May pumping up the hopes and inspirations of recently disabled patients.
The team, which includes players injured in car accidents, armed robberies and some who suffer from polio, shared stories of how they overcame great adversity to win the All Africa Games gold medal in Algeria last year.
Team Manager Willie Riechert explained that despite the less than ideal living conditions and a partisan home crowd in Algiers, the team was able to achieve its historic triumph.
Then the players spoke about their trip to Morocco and how they beat the more fancied home team to qualify for this year’s Beijing Paralympics, a first for South Africa.
They paid tribute to their sponsor, Sasol, who has supported them every step of the way.
“It is amazing how one is able to achieve so much if you have a person or group of people who believe in you,” Riechert told the patients.
He added: “The South African wheelchair Basketball team is here to ensure that you realise there is a whole life ahead, even after whatever circumstances that led to our situations, and we believe in you and know that you will come through this situation with flying colours.”
Sasol’s Dumisani Mbokane said that the visit by the players helped serve as a reminder to patients still coming to terms with their new disability that it is not what happens to us that shapes our future, but what we do thereafter.
“People with disabilities have so many obstacles to overcome on a daily basis, and they do so with courage. The Sasol South African Wheelchair Basketball team is a shining example that life should not end in a wheelchair, but that it can also be a very exciting beginning of new hopes and accomplishments.”