Brave little Clarissa van Staden (11) who lost her arm last month in a boating accident on the Hartbeespoort Dam received a Bravery Award from the Kormorant Miss Hartbeespoort pageant last weekend.
Clarissa attended the fun walk and run at The Farmstead in Broederstroom on Saturday which was held to raise funds for a prosthetic arm for Clarissa. The event also included a cycling competition.
Over R100 000 has already been raised with more money from the fundraising still coming in.
Clarissa’s arm was severed when it was caught by a boat propeller.
Clarissa, her parents, four-year-old brother and a friend were on the family’s boat on the Hartbeespoort Dam on 15 February when it hit a submerged tree stump. Everyone, except her brother, were thrown from the boat.
Clarissa is currently undergoing rehabilitation treatment and her parents would like her to have a prosthetic arm as soon as possible. However, a fully functional prosthetic arm costs over R500 000. The community is currently rallying together to raise funds to get this brave little girl a new arm.
The fund for Clarissa’s arm is administrated by the Generaal Hendrik Schoeman Primary School.