“I explained to her that‚ unfortunately‚ it is quite expensive but that I would try and make a plan. Only afterwards did she explain why she needed it and for who. So‚ I decided to pay the family a visit in Sedgefield‚” said Johann Prinsloo‚ ER24 Southern Cape branch manager.
“After meeting the family and realising the full extent of Frikkie’s illness‚ I knew I had to help them some way or another‚” said Prinsloo.
Grobbelaar was diagnosed with motor neuron disease (MND) which causes the nerves in the spine and brain to progressively lose function. Within months of his diagnosis‚ he had deteriorated drastically‚ initially being confined to a wheelchair before being left bed-ridden.
“I told [the family] that ER24 would sponsor the ambulance for the day and we would make sure that he is taken care of from the beginning to the end. Everyone started crying‚ and it was just a very emotional moment for all especially for Jaendré who desperately wanted his dad to be at the wedding‚” said Prinsloo.
The groom‚ Jaendré‚ said it was important for him and his partner Nicole to have his father at the ceremony. The couple had even sped up the preparations for their wedding to ensure that Frikkie was around for the big day.