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Inspiration From a Victim of Crime


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Another sunny, bright spring day in Johannesburg. I'm taking my children to play at our local recreation center. I'm complaining about my dull headache, sore throat and exhaustion caused by my persistent glandular fever and about the drag it is walking the 2 kilometers there.

When we were about to return home, my husband walks ahead with my young son when they are approached by a young man in a wheel chair, starved for someone to engage with. He missed out a lot in the last few years.

Elcaan Grootboom's life came to a grinding halt on 20 June 2002, when he was only 18 years old.

He was a scholar in Ennerdale, Johannesburg, an area known for it's gangster activities. It was a pass-by shooting in which he was shot in the leg and lost the use of his leg. After some months in hospital, the young man has been in a wheel-chair ever since.

Elcaan did not let that stop him and is very knowledgeable and wise for a young man of only 23. He has met a wonderful girl who is expecting his baby and very excited that although he missed out on his young years, he will have another young life in the form of his baby.

Elcaan is unemployed, but would like to help youngsters deal with drug abuse. He has regained strength in most of his leg and believes that he will soon be able to walk again. His faith and positive attitude is contagious!

The reason Elcaan was at the recreation center was to visit the local gym where he trains to keep his mind and body strong. A refreshing attitude in a world where a small percentage of people have the discipline to exercise and be positive!

By LizetteBalsdon -


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