Paralysed man’s plea for help

Ricardo Julies, 39, is bedridden after a freak diving accident.

A Bonteheuwel man, who was paralysed six years ago, desperately needs help from the community for himself and his six children.

Ricardo Julies was on a day outing to Harmony Park in 2011, when he dived into the sea from a bridge and hit a rock which left him paralysed from the neck down.

Mr Julies, who was a tiler before the accident, is bedridden and has to fend for himself and his children.

He is asking for donations of food, a ripple mattress to prevent bed sores, a cupboard, a motorised bed and games to keep his children entertained.

Carmen Julies moved in to help her cousin after he was brought home from hospital.

“It is very taxing on me, but I am just trying to help him. We are like siblings, we grew up together,” she said.

The social grants Mr Julies gets for his six children, aged 5 to 14, are not enough to provide for their daily needs.

Ward 50 councillor Angus Mckenzie said he had already received generous donations, including food parcels and money, for Mr Julies from the Bonteheuwel community.

“It is a true testament of the type of culture that we are trying to establish in Bonteheuwel where the community cares for another and carries each others’ burden.

“My office remains open for donations, this shouldn’t be the end of it,” he said.