8 May — Part 2: PE Cheshire HomeI’m not all that fond of charities, and often find myself mistrusting many aspects of it and am a little on the cynical side when it comes to fund raising.
Hillary from the Cleary Estate Cheshire Home made big strides towards converting me to a different way of thinking. There are many genuine real, strong, caring people in South Africa if we just care to look, and she must be one of the best.
When Archie from Hitgeheim Country Lodge guided us to the home, and as we approached I was starting to feel my heart sag. It looked almost deserted. No one waiting, no one there to great us…
But then we were guided into the square at the back of the building and emotion overwhelmed me and my helmet misted up as a few tears rolled down my cheek.
There were many, many people with expecting faces there to welcome us. All the residents from the Cleary Estate Cheshire Home, their staff, some residents from the other PE Cheshire Home were driven there to meet us. There were a whole bunch of kids from a nearby school, and the cherry on top, some of the MOTHs stood in full dress to offer all their support. Moments like this make the tour worth every bit of effort and cost.
Dave Barr spoke with great passion to everyone, and listening to his talk there was an incredible experience. Two messages came through loud and clear, better than I’ve ever heard anyone say it before.
1. Be careful of your choices, even as a young child. Every decision you make follow you for the rest of your life.
2. No matter how disabled you are, your life has purpose, you have a destiny. Don’t hide in the corner, but find what your role in the world is, and live it to the full. Even if it is just to make people smile and inspire those who are feeling overwhelmed by their own problems to see life in a better light.
Having members of the Port Elizabeth MOTH there was really very special. Their support for Dave Barr’s tour, their help, guidance and presence throughout our quest a real eye opener.