Josh passes matric, wheelchair and all

Henry

Josh Bulcraig passed matric, with university exemption, despite a serious motorbike accident at the start of the year which left him paralysed.

He matriculated at Charlie Hofmeyr High School in Ceres in the Western Cape last year.

On January 10, 2023, his life changed irrevocably.

Josh drove around a corner when he saw a bakkie pulling out of a yard. He swerved his motorcycle and ended up in the river. In the hospital he found out his back was broken and he was paralyzed. “When I saw that my legs didn’t want to work, I just accepted it,” says Josh.

“God has a plan and He will not allow something like this if one cannot handle it. Life is good,” says Josh.

He says his friends accepted him easily after the accident. “I told everyone, ‘I’m still the same Josh’.” They came to visit him in the hospital and since then everything between them is just as it has always been.

The man now has big plans for the future – and they include motorbikes.

Josh would like to become a diesel mechanic. “First I’m going to study motorcycle mechanics through Northlink College.” Afterwards, he wants to do a bridging course so that he can study diesel mechanics through Afgri and John Deere. Josh also dreams of one day having his own workshop or even owning a museum with old motorcycles.

“One always hears others say: do your best, nothing will be able to stop you. It sounds a lot like a cliché, but I can testify that it is the truth.

“Every dear thing you do is a choice; you can decide if you want to work hard or not. Just make sure your head is in the right place.”3