Corporation fulfills dream: Motorised wheelchair for Renelle

Come Sep­tem­ber, lit­tle Renelle Joseph, 12, would be go­ing to school in a mo­torised wheel­chair.

Renelle, who was born with de­formed feet, ex­pressed her wish to Ch­agua­nas May­or Gopaul Bood­han af­ter she wrote the 2019 SEA ex­ams, to have a new wheel­chair.


This dream ma­te­ri­alised when Bood­han vis­it­ed the Long­denville Gov­ern­ment Pri­ma­ry School dur­ing the last school term.

Bood­han then sought spon­sor­ship from var­i­ous busi­ness­men in Ch­agua­nas to make the child’s dream a re­al­i­ty.

Renelle said she was on­ly too hap­py for the mo­torised wheel­chair and said she hoped to be a bak­er when she grows up.

On Thurs­day, in a sim­ple cer­e­mo­ny, Renelle got her wheel­chair and books and she is all set to at­tend the Ch­agua­nas North Sec­ondary School when the new term be­gins in two weeks.

Bood­han be­came emo­tion­al at the hand­ing over cer­e­mo­ny and his eyes start­ed to fill with tears.

He re­called Renelle whis­per­ing in his ear that she want­ed a wheel­chair.

Bood­han said Leona Oliv­erre, the child’s moth­er, al­so ex­pressed that Renelle was al­so dis­en­chant­ed over a large num­ber of bro­ken promis­es that were made to her over the years.

Bood­han called on all fam­i­lies and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions to adopt a needy child for the new school term and en­sure that these chil­dren are pro­vid­ed with all the es­sen­tials for at­tend­ing school in Sep­tem­ber.

Bood­han said ed­u­ca­tion was the most im­por­tant tool for em­pow­er­ment.

Al­so bring­ing greet­ings was Ch­agua­nas East MP Fazal Karim who said if the UNC should again en­ter the cor­ri­dors of pow­er, he would com­plete sev­er­al ed­u­ca­tion­al projects that had been left in lim­bo by the present PNM ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Karim al­so urged the youths present at the func­tion to avoid any neg­a­tive in­flu­ences they may en­counter at school.

Shiv­inand Ma­haraj was al­so giv­en books.

Shiv­anand’s fa­ther was a con­tract work­er at the Ch­agua­nas Bor­ough Cor­po­ra­tion, who died be­fore Shiv­inand wrote the ex­ams.

 - by Shastri Boodan

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