- Lesley Potgieter is not only a survivor but a fighter who has not allowed life to beat her down no matter what was thrown her way
- Lesley was born with Cerebral Palsy and later suffered a stroke which may have stopped life for many but it fueled her passion to work hard
- Today Lesley is an author who also runs a reading enrichment programme and a Cerebral Palsy awareness programme
Lesley Potgieter is an inspiring teacher, author, mother and stroke survivor from Cape Town. Lesley was born with the congenital disorder Cerebral Palsy and after being involved in a car accident in the year 2000, she had to leave her teaching her job.
As one door closed, she made sure to open another. She managed to start and develop a reading enrichment programme for children. It assists with the developmental stages of reading.
Lesley officially started writing books in 2002 after the birth of her second son, she said she began by writing stories for her boys. She enjoys being an author and teacher as it allows her to watch children develop, grow and as she says "open up the possibilities that come from the pages of books."
Lesley believes that books lay the foundation for children. A foundation that they can build their future on.
"Creative and critical thinking, imagination and mastering language all help them deal with situations in their lives."
Lesley focuses on the 5 to 10-year-old age group for her books as that's where her passion lies. She wishes to inspire others by promoting a culture of reading and a love of language.
"Being a person with a disability and a stroke survivor I would like people to think outside the box and find ways to make a difference and leave their mark by turning negative situations into positive outcomes. The path to success is not always straight or direct."
Lesley also runs a Cerebral Palsy Awareness programme to create support for people and their families living with the disability.
In similar news, Briefly.co.za was also able to interview Prince Masuku, the off-duty firefighter who saved a family of three. Prince is a 32-year-old local superhero. He was born in bred in Ekurhuleni.
Prince recently made headlines across the country after he rescued a family of three from their sinking car. Prince said his mother, Penelope, made sure to remind him that he always wanted to be a fireman. From the tender age of five, Prince would point at every fire engine he saw and "go crazy".
He said he never saw himself being anything else. The muscular superhero said he entered the cold water to rescue the family not knowing how the deep the water was. Once he heard people yelling that there were children trapped inside the vehicle, it motivated him to go in and save their lives.
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