A message from Pride Tadiwanashe Mafira:
Hi, I'm a 15 year old amputee from Zimbabwe and I love competing in para-athletic events. I have two older sisters and we live with our parents in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. I really hope, with some help, to be able to raise some funds to go to medical appointments in South Africa and to compete there at sporting events. I cannot compete in Zimbabwe because they have no category for an amputee with a blade. My Shona name, Tadiwanashe means “God loves us" - something which my family are certain of, even in these uncertain times.
15 year old para-athlete Pride Mafira was born with fibular hemimelia. It’s a rare birth defect affecting the fibular bone, which can be partially developed, or, as in Pride’s case, completely missing in his right calf. In such a severe case, it would have restricted proper development. To give him the best chance, Pride’s parents, Frederick and Faustinah made the difficult decision for amputation below the knee when he was just 6 months old.
At 3, Pride got his first prosthetic after his father’s chance meeting in Zimbabwe with Jim Cahill, the co-owner of Thompson Custom Orthotics and Prosthetics who then invited them to the US to fit him with the limb in 2011.
He had to wait until 2014 before he got his second prosthesis thanks to Jumping Kids, a non-profit in South Africa who provide access to lower limb prosthetics for children from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, who are living with amputations.
Now at 15, Pride is on his 6th limb, and it won’t be long before he outgrows it. This promising para-athlete is hoping to be able to get a new blade for competing and a regular limb. Covid-19 lockdown has brought the family’s income to a standstill, so they really need your help!
Once a child has been supported by Jumping Kids for 2 years, they are asked to pay a monthly admin fee of R500 (about £25 or $30) which helps the organisation cover some of the costs to raise funds for equipment.
In addition to this, the annual costs for Pride to maintain proper movement and comfort are roughly as follows, and shown in 3 currencies:
Pride’s Athletic Achievements
In April of 2017, the T44 track and F44 field athlete scooped gold in the 100m race and silver in high jump at the Nedbank National Championships for the physically disabled in South Africa. He has yet to compete in his own country, Zimbabwe because the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) cannot classify him as he is the only blade runner in the country.
He was invited to compete in 2019 at the International Wheelchair and Amputees Sports Federation World Athletics Championship in the 100m race, high jump and shot put, but was unable to go as the family couldn’t raise the funds for travel.
Let's not let that happen again!
At a minimum, we'd like to be able to raise the funds for travel for limb and liner fittings, which equates to about £2,300 every year.
Ideally, we'd like to raise funds so that Pride can have a standard limb AND a blade for sports, which is another £2,500.
In the best case scenario, we'd love to be able to raise sufficient funds to cover the FULL cost for Pride's prosthesis, liners, sleeves, sockets and travel to enable Jumping Kids to help more children live Pride. That's a total of £7,860 per year.
Let's get this incredible young man off the side lines, and onto the field so he can live up to his name!
News Stories and Videos
Pride Tadiwanashe Mafira, won three gold medals at the South Africa Sports for the Physically Challenged in Cape Town, South Africa, at the weekend.