Bryan Diamond was struck by a stray bullet and left paralysed, but thanks to the Kolisi Foundation, life for Bryan and his family just got a lot easier!
Cape Town, South Africa (22 October 2020) – The Kolisi Foundation recently changed the life of a mother caring for her son, Bryan Diamond. Bryan was left paralysed at the age of three when a stray bullet from a gang shootout struck him in the head.
Being so young, the bullet caused irreparable damage leaving Bryan unable to walk or talk. His mother, Ronell, was struck by stray bullets, being shot twice in her back. Ronell has dedicated the last 14 years of her life to caring for her son, who spends most of his time in bed and is fed via a feeding tube every 2 hours.
The Kolisi Foundation stepped up to help improve the quality of Bryan and his family’s life. Their home was remodelled to allow Bryan more access to other parts of the home. He will now be more included in the activities of the house. To further support Bryan and his family, the Kolisi Foundation has partnered with Shonaquip, a non-profit organisation based in Cape Town that provides specialised wheelchairs and support services to those in need.
Kindly donating R40 000 towards a customised buggy and seating, the Kolisi Foundation has launched a campaign to support Shonaquip Social Enterprise in raising a further R51 000 on BackaBuddy to cover the cost of a side-lyer and car positioner, that will support Bryan’s body and allow the family to travel more freely.
Additional costs will also be used to cover the cost of his therapy. With support from the public, over R12 300 has already been raised on the platform with kind contributions from donors both locally and abroad.
“With funds raised on Bryan’s BackaBuddy campaign, he will be equipped with the appropriate devices he urgently needs and his barriers to accessing government health and social services will be eliminated. His mother, who has been taking care of him 24 hours a day for the last 14 years will also be able to move around her community more easily” – says Danika Schultz, from Shonaquip Social Enterprise.