- The Siya Kolisi Foundation has reached out to help a teenager who was left paraplegic after he was shot in the head during gang violence
- His mother, Ronell, who was also shot during the incident, has dedicated the last 14 years of her life to caring for her son
- Kolisi's foundation teamed up with other companies to raise money that would help better the life of 17-year-old Bryan Diamond
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Sometimes, good people are caught in the crossfire of gang violence and their lives are never the same. A mother, Ronell, and her son, Bryan Diamond, were both shot during a shootout between gangs 14 years ago.
While Ronell managed to recover, her then three-year-old boy was left paralysed after a bullet ripped through his head, damaging his brain. Since then, Ronell has been caring for her now-17-year-old teenager who spends most of his time in bed.
Bryan is unable to eat by himself and has to be fed through a tube every two hours. His story touched the heart of Springbok rugby captain Siya Kolisi, who decided to help better his life.
The Siya Kolisi Foundation has since launched a crowdfunding campaign to help Shonaquip, a non-profit organisation based in Cape Town, to raise R51 000.
Kolisi's foundation already donated R40 000 towards a customised buggy and seating and the money raised through the BackaBuddy page will help to cover the cost of a side-lier and car positioner that will support Bryan’s body and allow the family to travel more freely.
Additional costs will also be used to cover the cost of his therapy. Thus far, South Africans have already donated R12 300 towards the amazing cause but there is still a long way to go.
Take a look at the emotional story of Bryan Diamond below:
Kolisi has shown through his foundation before that he has a heart of gold. Briefly.co.za previously reported the Springbok captain helped feed the nation during the lockdown.
Siya Kolisi posted a picture on Instagram of himself with various food products strewn in front of him. He captioned the post with this message: "One pack, one family, one month! #onebyone #eachonefeedone"
The Kolisi Foundation has an ambitious plan to help the vulnerable. The website asks for donations and claims to be able to feed a family for a month with just R100.
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