A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles – Christopher Reeve
A high tea at the Michelangelo Hotel celebrated Local Super Heroes. Hosted by physiotherapists Mandy McCulloch and Amy Harrison from RehabMatters, and sponsored by PharmaPlan and Boehringer Ingelheim, it was a celebration of people who have overcome challenges.
Pieter du Preez (below left) was involved in a cycling accident and is now a C6 quadriplegic. Honoured as a Super hero, he said “Today is not just a celebration of what a person can do to live his life to the best of his ability, but also a celebration of the people who are around that person – the helpers, the therapists, family and friends.” His wife is his hero.
With him is Douglas Smith, an ex-Rehab Matters patient, and wheelchair user. Both hoped that the day would motivate others when they saw what could be accomplished and what the centre has achieved.
Even a s South Africa was preparing to celebrate local and international soccer heroes this was a day for celebrating individual heroism and the importance of family and friends, children and wives as the picture of Butch, Shael, Dani and Keira shows
Paula, in the photowith her aunt and mother, is from Nigeria and is receiving rehab as a result of a brain aneurism in November last year. “I am returning to Nigeria shortly as my rehab is nearly done. I feel like I now have another family right here in South Africa.”
Another man who has fought a tremendous battle is Darryl, pictured right with his mum. Rod, Darryl’s father, explained that before receiving rehab Darryl was unable to swallow, speak or eat. “Today he eats like a horse. We are immensely proud of him and what he has achieved, and we are proud to be here today celebrating all the heroes.”