Reg. Nr. 098-701 NPO
SARS PBO Nr. 930051064
The Paul Steyn Foundation is a SARS registered , Section 18A, public benefit non-profit organization, founded in 2011 by Paul Steyn, an amputee, for the benefit of amputees.
The main objective of the Paul Steyn Foundation is to raise funds to assist disadvantaged amputees, who have no other means to acquire it, with prosthetic limbs.
In addition the Paul Steyn Foundation strives to be mouthpiece for amputees and endeavours to raise awareness with the public, policy makers and other stakeholders about the plight of amputees in general and the cost of, and access to, prosthetic limbs in particular.
To provide an organization that will benefit amputees i.e.
Who is Paul Steyn?
Paul Steyn's right leg was amputated after an accident at school in February 2000 when he was thirteen years old. His leg was caught in the blades of a lawn mower pulled behind a tractor. Doctors tried their best to save the leg, but after gangerine set in after nearly six months in hospital, it was decided to amputate. The leg was amputated below the knee.
After leaving hospital, Paul briefly went back to the school where the accident took place. Because of family difficulties, he was taken into foster care and later went to the Abraham Kriel children's home in Potchefstroom.
Paul did various jobs after he left school. In 2008, he decided to further his education. Because he is dyslexic, it was difficult to convince an institution to allow him to study. After having been rejected many times he was eventually accepted at Boland College in Worcester.
During his second year, Paul was elected to the Students Representative Council. He was tasked with community projects and fundraising for the projects. This experience created a passion in him for community work.
Due to difficulties in keeping up with his studies, he decided during 2010 to drop out. His experiences on the SRC prompted him to start The Paul Steyn Foundation a year later.
When Paul is not working on a project for the Paul Steyn Foundation, he works as a photographer and videographer . He is a part time stuntman, and has appeared in various movies an television series for local and overseas production companies, where he was featured in scenes utilising his amputated leg.
Paul has a driven passion for what he considers to be his life mission and feels that he has the capacity, and duty, to make a difference in the lives of other people in a similar situation as he is in.
The Paul Steyn Foundation received a Certificate of Appreciation in June 2016 from Unashamedly Ethical, Western Cape.
Paul was recognized by the Mail & Guardian Newspaper as one of the 200 most influencial movers and shakers under 35, for 2018.
Paul Steyn has a driven passion for what he considers to be his life mission and feels that he has the capacity, and duty, to make a difference in the lives of other people in a similar situation as he is in.
Frikkie Harmse has been involved with the Paul Steyn Foundation as administrator since the start. He is retired and the NGO sector is a new field that he finds very interesting and honoured to be a part of.
Julita Lambrechts is the owner of NueLight Productions. She is our main fund raiser and manages Paul's affairs. She is a committed Christain and an accomplished musician and motivational speaker.
Hein Venter is a successful businessman that recognized the potential that the Paul Steyn Foundation has to make a difference. He sees Paul as the Terry Fox of South Africa.