Go-getter does not let his disability get him down

POLOKWANE – “As a disabled person, don’t let your disabilities get you down as it is not the end of the world. Anything is possible, as long as you put your mind to it.”

These are the words of Placement Officer at the Association for Persons with Disability (APD) Limpopo Lehlogonolo Hloni Rakolo.

The shooting incident that left Hloni wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life by no means stops him from being active and a leader within the APD. He makes sure that all events, projects and residents at the APD are taken good care of and participates in all sorts of sports and urges the other residents to compete as well.

“I help new residents to settle into their new rooms so they are comfortable and enjoy their stay”

“I love helping everyone here because there are other disabled residents that struggle as I do, if not more. There are individuals that are paralysed from the waist upwards, or from the waist down like myself, and require assistance with many things. I assist them as much as I can where necessary because I know how it feels to be helpless,” he explained.

He explains that the wheelchair changed the way he lives and compared to the rural areas, Polokwane is far more wheelchair friendly.

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He added that he enjoys playing wheelchair-basketball and would like other individuals who are interested in joining him, to set up one good wheelchair-basketball team.

“They can contact me at placement@apdlimpopo.co.za.

anne@nmgroup.co.za

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Anne Molope

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