A 16-year-old Grade 10 learner, Emily Zawe, receives a R110 000 donation from LottoStar to finally get a specialised electronic wheelchair she needs to continue her schooling.
Emily was diagnosed with Brittle Bone disease when she was a toddler of only 18 months. She has suffered 55 fractures, bone breaks and undergone 10 surgeries on her femurs in her 16 years. Emily is also the only learner on a wheelchair in her mainstream school, Clapham High School in Pretoria.
The original request to Good Morning Angels came from an angel named Charmaine Jones, who works at Emily’s school. In her request, Charmaine stated that in April 2019, Emily was diagnosed with osteoporosis that is affecting all the bones in her body, eyes and ears
Since the diagnosis, Emily has been having difficulties walking on her own, missing most of her school days and now in urgent need of an electronic wheelchair.
Although Emily is undergoing treatment at Steve Biko Academic State Hospital, her mother, Tamara Zawe, is experiencing financial challenges to meet Emily’s medical expenses, let alone afford an electronic wheelchair.
Upon hearing Emily’s story on Jacaranda FM’s Good Morning Angels with Martin Bester, LottoStar was moved and donated R110 000 towards her electronic wheelchair. Emily is being hailed by her teachers as an amazing writer who has also won an Ambassador Award for her poetry. She also has two poems published.
Update: 21 September 2019
Jacaranda FM presents Emily with the specialised electronic wheelchair at school. Furthermore, Emily also received an orthopaedic bed to support her spine as a donation from one of Jacaranda FM's GMA's listeners or angel.