For toddler Tauhirah Ajam, disability continues to cripple her life physically and financially. Ajam (5) was born prematurely and diagnosed her with Sepicaemia, a condition of blood poisoning.
As an infant, she was transferred from hospital to hospital in search of better treatment for her condition.
“She was transferred to Vincent Pallotti Hospital for better treatment and the doctors could not say if she would pull through,” says PR and event organiser Zaida Abrahams.
The condition has not only impaired her hearing but has left her suffering from dysarthria and paralysis.
“This illness has left her deaf, paralysed and slurping her words. As a new born no one knew if Tauhirah would make it. She was in an incubator but eventually got blood transfusion,” says Abrahams.
Tauhirah not only struggles to move around but to communicate.
“She can barely communicate and because people do not understand her she tends to try to do things herself out of frustration,” says Abrahams.
Her family hope to give her the gift of hearing through a cochlear implant. The Tauhirah Cochlear Appeal Foundation has organised various fundraisers in order to raise funds for Ajam to have a cochlear implant.
“Finally there is some hope. At times it was really a battle of is this child going to make it or not,” says Abrahams.
The Foundation aims to raise R65 000 before 31 December 2015. So far it has only managed to raise R26 000.
“This is only 40% of our target,” says Abrahams.
The two fundraisers include:
A High Tea For The Love of Sound will take place on 5 December 2015 at Main Hall of the College of Cape Town, Cnr Kromboom and Belgravia Roads between 3pm and 6pm. All funds raised by the high tea will go towards Ajam’s surgery. Tickets are priced at R80 per person. The Foundation encourages the public to support the cause by purchasing tickets.
“We still have a number of tables to sell and appeal to people to come forward and host a table,” says Abrahams.
The second upcoming fundraiser is a family fun day called Walk For Sound. This is a funfilled day that will include stalls, food and activities.
“There will be tons of food, stalls for mom and dad to browse and activities for the kids,” says Abrahams.
For more information, the public can contact PR and organiser Zaida Abrahams on 021 939 3305 or 082 299 6066. VOC