SA's adventurous amputee: A week to go before his 7 000km journey is done and dusted

2016-11-25 09:03 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town -  South Africa's adventurous amputee, Paul Steyn is on a mission to prove that life with one leg is more than awesome. 

Steyn has been walking across the entire country in aid of charity and he is currently on the final stretch of his 7 000km,  year-long trek through all nine provinces of South Africa. 

Steyn's right leg was amputated after an accident at school in 2000 when he was thirteen years old. His leg was caught in the blades of a lawn mower pulled behind a tractor. Doctors tried their best to save the leg, but after gangrene set in, it was decided to amputate the leg below the knee.  

The Cape Winelands recently played host to the founder of the Paul Steyn Foundation when he stopped in Golden Valley in Worcester. 

From Worcester he continues to Rawsonville, Wellington, Paarl, Stellenbosch, Somerset West, Macassar, Muizenberg and through the Southern Suburbs to finish at Green Point Stadium on 2 December 2016. Along the way he will visit schools, churches and other community organizations to give motivational talks and raise awareness of the plight of amputees.

 


“Prostheses are expensive and unfortunately government programmes to assist amputees in this regard are hopelessly inadequate. This is mainly because of budget constraints. Medical aids will spend literally millions of rand to prevent amputation, but once a person loses a limb, most regard prosthesis as a cosmetic luxury and their funds available to amputees are mostly inadequate for quality prosthetics,” says Steyn.

Steyn has faced enormous adversity in life, but this has not stopped him from doing great things.

“If there is one thing I have learnt is that you should never give up and that an amputee can live a full meaningful life," says Steyn. 

In 2012 he started the Paul Steyn Foundation that helps underprivileged amputees to get prosthesis and has so far helped assist 16 amputees with prosthetic legs at a cost of R60 000 per limb on average.

Paul's progress can be followed on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube as well as on the foundation's website and blog. See his recent skydive expedition - Soaring above circumstance.

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