Rainbow Dreams Trust
WE ARE CYCLING FOR OUR BLIND FRIEND PALESA HLASA
At the age of 18 years, Palesa Hlasa, an orphan, from Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa whilst studying for her matric, underwent surgery to remove a pituitary tumor behind her eyes, during the procedure, due to a surgical error she permanently lost her sight. Her future was bleak, no emotional or financial support, her only option to go back to her village on the outskirts of Bloemfontein and spend the rest of her life depending on charity from others.
Until… RAINBOW DREAMS TRUST discovered her plight. Palesa told us her dream was to go to university, as we are in the business of making dreams come true. We accepted the challenge. The Principal of the Pioneer School for the blind in Worcester was persuaded to break all the rules and accept a pupil, who did not yet have matric, who had not been taught how to manage her blindness, no computer literacy at all etc. All Palesa had to offer was a burning ambition to go to university. At the Pioneer school she was taught how to write and read braille, she had computer literacy training and has learned how to not be scared of her blindness but was taught how to cope confidently.
Against all odds, Palesa excelled in every subject, the teachers were amazed at her ability and determination. Palesa then had to go back to Bloemfontein in 2014 to Molteno College to study and take her matric with second language Venda, which is her home language. It was here that the real challenges began, but like everything else Palesa won through. This courageous young woman managed to pass three subjects without set books in braille, just her cellphone to record the lectures, in a classroom where she was the only blind student. We brought Palesa back to Pioneer school in June 2015 to complete the work necessary for her to be accepted at university. Palesa will now go one step further to fulfilling her dream, as she enrolled at the university in Bloemfontein in January 2016 for a bridging course. RAINBOW DREAMS TRUST need to sponsor her university fees and accommodation. With the help of our cyclists sponsorship through the Cape Town Cycle Tour for the last 3 years, we have managed to get her this far. Please join us and be a part of realising this courageous young woman’s dream, by sponsoring our charity through the 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour.
Rainbow Dreams Trust are offering the following for R1,800.00 per entry:
- Rainbow Dreams Trust cycle shirt
- Guaranteed entry to ride in the Cape Town Cycle Tour
- Charity start time, however, if you qualify to start earlier you may do so or you may ride with the RDT group
- Pre-race ride together
- Post race celebration drinks at a local water hole
“RAINBOW DREAMS TRUST” will administer and allocate all funds.