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The 'Riding for a Limb' NPO receives support from Honda SA in the form of a Jazz Sport

2020-08-27 13:30
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Honda SA and the Riding for a Limb NPO (QuickPic)

• Honda sponsored 'Riding for a Limb' with a new Jazz Sport.

• Riding for a Limb is an NPO that raises funds for prosthetic limbs.

• Co-founder, Gerda du Toit, is a double amputee.

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Honda South Africa is putting its weight being the South African non-profit organisation 'Riding for a limb'. The NPO's mission is to raise funds to provide prosthetic limbs to amputees in need.

Founded by Gerda du Toit and Charl Beukes in 2014, Riding for Limb has provided 54 artificial limbs to 18 children and eight bikers in the last six years, but each artificial limb costs more than R9000.

Riding for limb often raises funds through sponsored bike and car drives, and Du Toit, herself an amputee, had ridden her Honda Integra on a 4431km journey in 2016 - just two years after losing both her legs due to diabetes.

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Honda SA and the Riding for a Limb NPO (QuickPic)

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More than giving mobility

Du Toit says: "I went from a wheelchair to a bike in two years, and it completely changed my life. Riding for a Limb is about more than just giving amputees mobility - it transforms lives, families and communities. Giving amputees access to prostheses allows them to dream as big as they want to."

The cost of a prosthesis is startling, with a basic prosthesis costing anything from R80 000. An above-knee amputation is a minimum of R120 000. This excludes re-fits, which cost anything from R60 000.

Du Toit adds: "Most amputees do not have the funds to get medical treatment such as physio and attending rehabilitation centres. Therefore, we go to their homes and workplaces, where we assist with their rehabilitation and teach them to walk again."

Riding for a Limb is committed to ensuring that 100% of donated funds are used for recipients.

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Dinesh Govender, general manager of corporate at Honda Motor Southern Africa, said: "Even limited support can make a substantial difference. Honda believes in the power of dreams. What that really means is our power as human beings to make a difference, and to make our dreams and the dreams of others come true. Imagine the transformative power of giving people back their mobility. Every contribution makes a permanent difference in someone's life."

Honda SA sponsored Riding for a limb with a Jazz Sport.

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Honda SA and the Riding for a Limb NPO (QuickPic)

Compiled by: Charlen Raymond

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