Impala brings smile to 80-year-old disabled woman

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By Staff Reporter

THE unforgiving summer heat sends all and sundry out of their hones to cool themselves on tree shades within their tiny yards in Harare’s crowded Old Tafara suburb.

Among them is 80-year-old Agnes Blakestone, who literally has nothing else to do all year round.

Widowed, childless and now restricted by a leg fracture, Blakestone has lived a sad and solitary life for 21 years. She relies on her neighbours as she cannot do anything on her own.

Blackstone’s relatives all stay in Zambia where she came from.

For 21 years, doctors have failed to remove rods in her leg which have developed rust forcing her leg to have swollen womanhood.

“I have no child and no relatives in Zimbabwe because I come from Zambia; my condition is deteriorating because doctors have said they can’t do anything. I am stuck in this,” she narrated while showing her leg.

Now she is being taken care by a relative who broke down narrating what Blackstone is going through.

“I have been staying with her for a year now and taking her out is a real struggle. She is in pain and cannot be able to walk on her own,” she said.

On Friday last week, she got relief when she got a wheelchair from Impala Car Rental through Alfred Dondo Foundation.

The organisation promptly answered a request by a local humanitarian organisation Mwanachipo Africa Trust that deals with people without children.

Heaven Munyuki, co-founder of Mwanachipo, said they had to call Alfred Dondo Foundation because of its programmes that are changing lives.

“We have seen things that are being done by Impala Car Rental through Alfred Dondo Foundation and we did not hesitate to call them seeing Blackstone’s condition. We are happy that they have come on board and assist her,” said Munyuki.

He said the organisation was setting a standard in impacting lives and their work should just be commended.

“These guys are doing wonders and their work should be commended. We as Mwanachipo Africa Trust are really grateful that one of our members has been assisted by Impala Car Rental,” he said.

Tracy Ngoma, Impala Car Rental brand and projects manager said they were just doing their cooperate-social responsibility and will continue assisting the need.

“Our foundation Alfred Dondo will continue with the work and we are happy that we are impacting lives. We have managed to but a wheelchair and groceries for her hopping also to make her see doctors for her condition,” she said.

After the donation, she was taken around Torondo Street, waving her hand with a huge sigh of relief all over her face.