The grand finale of Hot 91.9FM Christmas Wish 2018 took place at Gold Reef City and we couldn’t have asked for a better and more heartwarming way to round it all off.
Lia and Noel were childhood sweethearts and have been married for 25 years. At the age of 10, Lia was involved in a hit and run car incident which resulted in her becoming a paraplegic. Noel was 14 years old when he fell out of a tree, breaking his back. He too became a paraplegic.
Due to their inability to have children, Lia and Noel opened their hearts and home to two beautiful girls who are now 13 and 14 years old.
Around two years ago, Noel developed a second pressure ulcer. For a paraplegic with pressure ulcers, this is an extremely dangerous infection to have and is life-threatening. As a result, Noel is now unable to work.
Trouble struck again when Lia’s kidneys started to fail due to a chronic kidney infection. A few months ago she was informed by her specialist that she had gone into kidney failure and would need dialysis for the rest of her life. Due to the fact that Lia is over 50, she is not eligible for a donor kidney but even if she were, due to the horrific scarring from her childhood accident, the surgery cannot be carried out.
To top it all off the only car they have, a 12-year-old station wagon which has especially been adapted for their needs has stopped working. Lia now has absolutely no way of getting to the hospital for her bi-weekly dialysis or to the job that she so desperately needs to support her family.
Hot 91.9FM Christmas Wish was so touched by Lia and Noel’s story and felt that we had to do something to help them. We approached our partner, Gold Reef City, to find out if there was any way they could assist. And boy, could they! Thanks to them, Lia and Noel’s car troubles are a thing of the past. They are now the proud owners of a brand spanking new Renault Kwid! And, because of Lia and Noel’s unique needs, Hot Cares will pay to have the car adapted so that they can move to drive it with ease. We wish Lia and Noel health, happiness and plenty of happy miles in their new car – a perfect way to end what has been a very special Christmas Wish 2018!