Man wheels across Africa to raise disability awareness

Author:
ALJazeeraEnglish
Publisher:
ALJazeeraEnglish
Publication Date:
27 June 2012
Tags:
Kenya, Africa, Health and Medicine

Zachary Kimotho lost the use of his legs in 2004 when a gunman shot him in an attempted carjacking. Now he's going to the nearest spinal rehabilitation clinic in Cape Town, four-thousand kilometers away.
He is trying to raise 250 million Kenyan shillings - about three million dollars - to build a rehabilitation center in Kenya. If he gets the money, he'll go home. If he doesn't, he'll push all the way to Cape Town. But this isn't just about raising money for a rehabilitation center. This is about drawing attention to the way that disabled people are treated right across this continent. If donations flow in at the current rate, they'll raise the funds within six weeks. Otherwise the road to Cape Town could take 18 months.