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What is the Paul Steyn Foundation?

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.


Mission


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.


Stated Objectives


To provide an organization that will benefit amputees i.e.

  • Share experiences
  • Ask and reply to relevant questions
  • Support each other
  • Raise and discuss problems
  • Bring the plight of amputees to the attention of the general public as well as medical organizations, corporate entities and NGO’s.
  • Enter on behalf of amputees into discussions with relevant government organizations (national and provincial) on particular problems brought to the attention of the foundation by amputees.
  • Raise funds through corporate sponsorships, special projects and donations from private individuals and companies. These funds will be utilized mainly to benefit individual amputees.
  • Have, as secondary objective, an active collaboration with organizations with similar ethos and value systems.
  • Engage in such ancillary and complementary activities as may be deemed expedient from time to time.


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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, it was decided to amputate after nearly six months in hospital. 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 suffers from dyslexia 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.

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In his spare time, Paul is a 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. He is also learning the ropes behind the scenes


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.


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The Board

Paul steyn

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.

Hein Venter

Hein Venter is a successful businessman who has joined the Paul Steyn Foundation during 2016. Hein is a visionary that wants to take the organisation to the next level. He sees Paul as the Terry Fox of South Africa.

Julita Lambrechts

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.

Frikkie Harmse

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.

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