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Giving back mobility
Stand with Stan gives amputees the gift of movement, one step at a time and helps them to lead fulfilling lives. We believe that nobody should be denied their dreams. That’s why all we do is geared towards giving disadvantaged amputees quality prosthetics, along with mentoring amputees that require it. This ensures that amputees have a positive attitude towards life and their prosthetic.
Too many amputees are currently living unfulfilled lives because their prosthetics are not at the level required to live a rewarding life. This is mainly due to many amputees not having the right resources such as medical aid and end up having to use a government institution or even the wrong prosthetist.
Another problem is that many people with access to good prosthetics feel uncomfortable with these “foreign objects” and refuse to use them. We’ve found that even with the best prosthetics in the world, an amputee may never develop a good attitude towards the prosthetic or even life as an amputee without the correct rehabilitation.
This is another reason why we believe that by providing quality prosthetics and helping an amputee achieve the right attitude, he or she will realise that life doesn’t need to change with prosthetics – except for the better. The amputee can be assisted to develop a more positive attitude towards their prosthetic and their outlook on life through our mentoring programme.
Through corporate partnership, along with several annual fundraisers, we hope to raise the financial requirements needed to give each amputee the prosthetics suited to their individual needs. Combined with the mentorship, amputees have a much bigger chance to reach their full potential.
About Stan – Organisation Founder
“Live with passion and regret nothing” is the motto I choose to live by.
I am 36 years old and I live on the West Rand in Gauteng, South Africa. My true passion is helping amputees achieve their dreams and live normal lives.
I was born with a deformed right foot and, at age seven, after noticing how motivated I was to lead a normal life, my doctors decided to amputate my foot to lower the risk of restriction and reduce the possibility of problems in the future.
With the love, support and encouragement of my parents and sister, I decided to start playing soccer, which I successfully continued through to high school. I completed high school at General Smuts High school in Vereeniging, having taken part in activities such as tennis, table tennis, javelin, shot-put and cycling.
I never let anything get in my way! When I’m not training, you’ll find me pursuing my other passion – golf!
I am a proud member of SADGA (South African Disabled Golf Association, www.sadga.co.za). In 2010, I won Division Five (19 – 24 handicaps) at the Nedbank South African Disabled Golf Open. In 2011 and 2012, I competed in the Langebaan Country Estate Golf Open and was awarded the ‘Passion and Commitment’ award in 2012. I am currently a member at Eagle Canyon Golf Estate.
Another passion of mine is taking part in triathlons. After only starting this journey 17 months ago, I have managed to excel to a level where I am currently representing my country on certain platforms. I aim to reach world championship level and ultimately, qualify for the Rio 2016 Paralympics, where triathlon will make its debut.
I thrive on adventure – if it’s extreme, I’m in! Through mountain climbing, for example, I can show disabled and able people that so much can be achieved if you have the passion, will-power and the right attitude.
We provide quality prosthetics for those who cannot afford them – any age, race or gender.Read More
These clinics are run by a qualified prosthetist as well as a physiotherapist with vast experience in amputee rehabilitation.Read More
We offer personalised mentoring to any amputee that may require it – from including them in activities that they may have thought impossible to spending one on one time with an individualRead More
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