Victoria Lisa Barry raises more than R250k for Jumping Kids Foundation

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Ms Victoria Lisa Barry on Friday, 05 December 2014, handed the patron of the Jumping Kids Foundation (www.jumpingkids.org.za) a cheque of R253 761.55 that she had single handedly raised by requesting friends and family to donate to the organization instead of buying her a get well gift after her amputation. Having freshly joined the organization as an amputee and a cancer survivor, Ms Barry has become the most recent ambassador for the foundation.

Launched in 2009 by Johan Snyders, the Jumping Kids Foundation provides high quality prosthetics to children from disadvantaged communities. Through the use of advanced and innovative technologies, Icexpress Progressive Prosthetics, based at The Innovation Hub in Tshwane, manufactures advanced prosthesis for a fraction of the ordinary price and within record time. Since inception, Jumping Kids has fitted approximately 120 disadvantaged kids with prosthetic limbs.

Jumping Kids Foundation

The Jumping Kids Foundation, through the aid from various donors, not only fits much needed prosthetics affordably, but also focuses on the holistic healing of amputees. The combination of physiotherapy and rehabilitee training has seen its kids participate in numerous sporting events such as S.A. Wheelchair Tennis, South African Athletic Championships and The Warrior Race, amongst others.

Jumping Kids ambassador and paralympic gold medalist Arnu Fourie’s prosthetic leg has been supplied and fitted by Icexpress Progressive Prosthetics. At the 2014 South African National Athletics Championships held in Stellenbosch earlier in the year, at least five Jumping Kids qualified and were included in the Gauteng team and Team Icexpress returned with 42 medals from the Nationals.

The generous amount of more than R250K raised by Ms Barry will go a long way to aid other recipients to gain mobility; strength training; and renewed confidence in rejoining sports and other activities. A portion of the funding could also be used to augment the Jumping Kids Recreation Centre; a facility that was made available by The Innovation Hub to the kids.

Press Release Courtesy of The Innovation Hub Management Company