‘My vision is to leave a legacy at Drakenstein APD of having made a difference to every person who has entered our doors.’
When his family moved from Pretoria, Handré had the opportunity to attend Grey College Primary, and thereafter Marlow Agricultural College in Cradock.
A very keen cricketer, he played for Schoemanpark Cricket Club in Bloemfontein. And on a visit to his cricket coach’s home, two weeks before his 21st birthday, diving into the swimming pool left him with a broken neck making him a C4/5 quadriplegic. All his hopes were shattered, and the road ahead looked dark.
After completing his rehabilitation, Handré returned home to face a new, unknown life of frustration, heartache, rejection and anger. Feelings of abandonment and loneliness overcame him as friends faded along the way. The family home had to be modified to accommodate his needs.
Handré may have been down, but he was definitely not out. After six months he enrolled with UNISA where he achieved his Bachelors and Honours Degrees in psychology. This was followed by a Master’s Degree in Research Psychology.
In December 2020, Handré relocated to Paarl with the dream of being able to add value to people living with any form of disability. His motivation was realising that nobody really and deeply understood and knew what was endured by persons with a disability.
Handré studies and personal experience of being a quadriplegic have given him the tools and skills to motivate, encourage, and instil hope in the lives of others. And now working at Drakenstein APD has realised his dream.
The second part of Handrés vision is to create awareness in society of the enormous work that’s being done, especially in striving for equal accessibility to the workplace for persons with disabilities.
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