Gold medalist pledges support for young amputees

arnu-megan-bigPretoria, 27 November 2012 – Today, at an event hosted at Farm Inn in Pretoria East, Paralympic double medallist, Arnu Fourie became ‘the new face’ of the RO3 Oasis/Water4Good initiative that was started by fly half Morné Steyn and kicking coach Vlok Cilliers in May 2011.

Through this initiative, Oasis water pledges 20 cent of each sale of its Legends 750ml Ozone range; (that now includes an image and short biography of Fourie); towards various community outreach projects.

In his new role as brand ambassador, Fourie aims to focus his efforts to assist the Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund – a non profit fund that supplies free prosthetics to children with amputations.

Fourie first became involved with Jumping Kids when he attended a hand-over event at Tshebedisano Primary School in Pimville, Soweto last year where he presented twelve year-old Hloni Koalane with his very own Cheetah Blade.

“As an athlete and individual I am grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Water4Good and Jumping Kids in order to help spread the message that physical disability is not the end of the road.

The accident that threatened all my dreams turned out to be a blessing since it made me into the person I am today. If not for that life-changing moment, I would not be here to remind everyone present to hold tight to their dreams because anything is possible’, says Fourie.

Fourie was again present to assist and inspire eight year old Megan Croucamp when she took her first steps on a Jumping Kids sponsored prosthetic leg last month. Megan lost her leg, through the knee, on 18 September after a long battle with bacterial disease that included seventeen operations since the age of three.

The Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund has assisted more than 45 children with lower extremity amputations to gain access to advanced prosthetic solutions and rehabilitation. The fund aims to not only supply the kids with walking prosthetics, but also with running-blades to allow them to participate in physical activities and sport. This is only possible through the continued commitment from various corporate sponsors and donations made by “friends of the Jumping Kids Fund”.

“We are delighted to have Arnu on board to spend time with our Jumping Kids beneficiaries. It is so important for these kids to have good role-models and Arnu represents everything we stand for in terms of combining a healthy lifestyle with a determined spirit. Having him present at the hand-over of prosthetic legs to even more children is a real honour for us all”, says Jumping Kids Founder, Johan Snyders.