Who We Are

Trojans Neurological Trust (TNT) was set up in 2007

When Justin Jeffery, a qualified Biokineticist, saw that there was a desperate need for physical rehabilitation of Traumatic and Acquired Brian Injured people. Unfortunately, the cost of comprehensive neurological rehabilitation is out of reach for many South Africans.

Only those who are on the highest tier of their medical aids could get therapy. The therapy is also ongoing, and very often patients are being discharged from hospital with minimal therapy and left to their own devices.

We saw the need to cater to this group of South Africans who can achieve so much more in their physical rehab. The majority of the injured members have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of a motor vehicle accident, sporting accident or personal assault.

They also assist survivors of other acquired brain injuries (ABI) such as a stroke (CVA). All the injured members had led a full life up until they sustained a life changing brain injury, which could include permanent changes to physical, cognitive, emotional and or behavioural processes.

Unfortunately, few of the neurological patients can afford the treatment, as there are many costs to cover beyond therapy. In South Africa, we are unfortunately not fully equipped to help this group of the population and not many therapists are willing to take up the challenge.

Trojans Neurological Trust is aimed at providing funding to underprivileged patients, who show commitment and desire to rise above their condition and need the therapy, owing to some sort of neurological or spinal condition.

The charity is aimed at helping a neurologically injured patient in reaching their goal and making that goal obtainable and giving them the chance to feel as full and self-sufficient as possible, helping put a smile to their already extremely difficult lives.

Our story

TNT has been utilising the Discovery 947 Ride Joburg for the past 6 years as a fundraising event for the charity – whereby the charity encourages supporters to join the charity bond and ride the race in support of those who can’t.

TNT presents 5 chariots pulled by supporting members. These chariots pull some of the charity’s beneficiaries throughout the hills of Joburg, during Joburg’s toughest cycle race, to raise awareness and funding towards Spinal & Neurological Trust Rehabilitation. Along with the chariots we have 2 tandems who take part with a brain injured individual as one of the tandem members.

In 2016, we converted one of our pulled chariots to an active-assisted chariot, whereby the brain injured individual in the chariot seat was able to pedal along with their chariot puller. This shows how committed people are to improving their circumstances, and bettering their physical ability through exercise.

The TNT team for the 2016 Discovery 947 Ride Joburg included the following charioteers and pullers:

  1. Pilots: Stacey Farrell & Charioteer: Caitlin Tracey
  2. Pilots: Kyle Nelson & Charioteer: Gary Baynham
  3. Pilots: Siyabonga Sithebe & Charioteer: Byron Thomas
  4. Pilots: Rory Whitecross & Charioteer: Marc Kourie
  5. Pilots: Heinrich Kotze & Charioteer: Eugene Gerber

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