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OLKA BOLKA HET MET VICKI GESELS

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Olka Bolka

03 September 2021

Vertel ons lesers waar jy gebore, grootgeword en waar bly jy tans?

Ek het al in meer as 30 huise gebly in my lewe, en in ongeveer agt dorpe gewoon (Bloemfontein, Elisras, Polokwane, Rawsonville, Worcester, Johannesburg). Tussendeur het ek ook vir 9 maande in Redding, California gewoon. Ek is gebore in Bloemfontein, en ek woon nou op Jeffrey’s Baai – dorp nr 8. Dit voel of ek paradys gevind het.

Wanneer het jou ouers agtergekom jy is doof?

Op twee, toe my ouma besef het ek reageer nie wanneer sy my naam roep nie. Ons dink ek het op 6 maande my gehoor verloor na ‘n ernestige koors wat amper my lewe weggeneem het.

Vertel ons lesers kortliks oor die uitdagings om doof te wees.

Ek het in 2013 en 2015 my kogleere inplantings gekry, en van daaraf het ek baie minder uitdagings. Ek is elke dag dankbaar vir my inplantings, want dit het die kwaliteit van my lewe verander. Voorheen was my wereld wit-en-swart, nou is dit kleurvol en vol lewe.

Ek het 3% gehoor gehad, met ‘n gehooraparatte kon ek 40% hoor. Met die inplantings kan ek nou 80% hoor.

Vertel ons kortliks oor jou skool jare?

Kort nadat my ouers besef het ‘n staatsskool sal nie vir my werk nie – omdat die onderwyser haar rug op my sou draai wanneer sy sou skoolgee – en ‘n dowe skool sou ook nie werk nie want ek praat nie gebare taal nie (ek lees lippe en praat soos ‘n horende), het my pa vir my ‘n privaat horende skool gestig, Lifestyle Christian Academy. Dit was ‘n A.C.E. (Accelerated Christian Education) skool. Hierdie skool sisteem van Amerika het fantasties gewerk vir my – ek kon op my eie werk, en as ek hulp nodig gehad het, het ‘n juffrou by my kom sit en die skoolwerk verduidelik. Ek het my hele skoolloopbaan op hierdie sisteem skoolgegaan, en ek het matriek geslaag met toppunte.

Jy was nog altyd ‘n inspirasie, jy het jou nie laat onderkry om met ‘n gestremdheid te lewe, vertel kortliks van jou reis met Mej Dowe Suid Afrika.

Ek wou graag kreatiewe skryfkuns studeer op universiteit, maar op daardie stadium het die universiteite in SA dit nie aangebied nie. By my matriek-afskeid het ‘n paar mense oor my geprofeteer en gesê ek gaan soos Ester van die Bybel wees – ek gaan my skoonheid gebruik om ‘n nasie te red en te inspireer. Ek het gaan oplees oor Ester se lewe, en ek het besef sy het in ‘n skoonheidskompetisie deelgeneem. Ek het begin kyk na geleenthede rondom my. Ek het eers ingeskryf vir Mej. Bloemfontein-Roos; ek was in die TOP 20. Daarna het ek ingeskryf vir Mej Dowe SA in 2008. Ek was Mej. Persoonlikheid en 1ste Prinses daardie jaar.

Die teleurstelling was groot, en ek het amper nie weer ingeskryf in 2009 nie. Ek was deel van die gap jaar span 13thFLOOR (die voormalige C-Kruis) daardie jaar, en my vriendin het my sterk aangeraai om weer in te skryf. Ek is so dankbaar vir haar, want nie net het ek daardie jaar die Mej Dowe SA titel verower nie, ek het ook die Mej HESC (Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre) se titel gewen (hulle was die hoofborg van die kompetisie).

Wat is jou beroep?

Ek is tans op ‘n sabbatical, maar ek het onlangs weer begin skryf. Ek wil graag my memoir Viva la Vicki vertaal na Engels, asook dit oorskryf. Ek het soveel nuwe wyn om te deel, asook nuwe openbaringe oor my lewe waarby ek glo mense sal kan baatvind.

Vertel ons kortliks van jou tyd in Amerika?

Ek het die voorreg gehad om Bethel Church se Bybelskool te doen – BSSM (Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry) in Amerika. Dit het my lewe verander. Voorheen was ek baie godsdienstig. Elke dag by Bethel was soos ‘n ope hart operasie; dit was nie maklik nie, maar dit het my vrygemaak van so baie dinge wat my teruggehou het.

Jy het ook verskeie publikasies die lig laat sien, vertel ons daarvan.

My eerste boek en memoir, Viva la Vicki, is in Afrikaans gepubliseer deur Naledi Boeke en het ‘n paar duisende eksemplare verkoop. My tweede boek, ‘n dagstukkies boek gedruk deur Carpe Diem Media, is uitverkoop.

Jy het ook programme op Radio aangebied vertel ons daarvan?

Ek het al die voorreg gehad om vir OFM in Bloemfontein, asook Maluti FM in Bethlehem, radio programme aan te bied. Ek beplan om binnekort ook op Oasis FM ‘n radio program te begin – hier in Jeffrey’s Baai.

Hoe het jy 2020 tot nou in 2021 ervaar?

Dit is vir my ‘n geweldige groot aanpassing, veral wat die maskers aanbetref. Ek maak staat op lippe lees, en dit voel vir my of ek oornag blind en doof geword het. Ek skryf juis oor my ervaring daaroor hierso: https://vickifourie.com/miss-heard/

Vertel ons iets wat niemand van jou weet nie?

Sjoe, dis nou ‘n moeilike vraag! Mmm, ek is meestal ‘n ope boek. Ek deel graag wat aangaan in my lewe, en ek glo ons moet deursigtig wees. Lees dalk my skryfwerk as jy dalk meer wil weet…?

Wat inspireer jou?

Mense en die gesprekke wat ek met hulle voer. Openbaringe wat ek kry deur om tyd te spandeer met Heilige Gees. Boeke wat ek lees en liedjies wat ek luister. Daar is elke dag iets wat my inspireer – inspirasie is rondom ons, ons moet dit net raaksien en vier.

Wat is volgende vir jou, en hoe sien jy jou toekoms?

My nuwe memoir! Ek is so opgewonde daaroor, ek glo dit is tyd om dit nou oor te skryf. My eerste memoir het in 2012 uitgekom; volgende jaar is dit 10 jaar. Dan kom my nuwe memoir uit… dalk in 2032 sal ek weer ‘n memoir skryf? Wie weet…?

Ek is ook besig om ‘n skryfskool te begin in Jeffrey’s Baai. Kontak my gerus vir meer info: jbaycreatives@gmail.com.

Wat is op jou emmerskoplys?

Ek sal graag nog Mauritius toe wil gaan – maar eers nadat lockdown, maskers en isolasie verby is.

Wanneer verjaar jy?

5de Junie

Wat is jou gunsteling:

Tipe Musiek – Bethel Music, Dido, Liani Reynolds, We The Kingdom

Gunsteling liedjie – Op die oomblik is dit Waking Up deur We The Kingdom

Rolprent –  Daar is te veel… Ek hou van so baie flieks.

Reeks – Fringe en McLeod’s Daughters

Kos en drankie – Ek hou van enige kos behalwe afval; drankie – Dry Lemon

Ontspanning – Speel met my kat

Boek – Die laaste goeie boek wat ek gelees het is The Glass Castle deur Jeannette Wells

Vakansie bestemming – My huis! Jeffrey’s Baai is ‘n permanente vakansie plek!

Kleur – Blou

Waarvan hou jy niks – Ek hou niks van afval eet, diere wat verniel word, die maskers wat ons moet dra en die tye wat ek sukkel om te skryf.

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EVENT CELEBRATES DIFFERENTLY ABLED CHILDREN
Kouga Express
17 June 2021
Read the full article HERE.
‘ON Saturday, June 12, various local organisations collaborated to support parents and celebrate children with disabilities and developmental disorders in die Kouga region.
The event, titled “Same but Different”, took place at the Global Leadership Academy.
Vicki Fourie, former Miss Deaf SA and motivational speaker, told parents that their children were special and capable of achieving more in life than they would want them to believe.
Fourie honoured her parents for all the work they did with her as a child, taking her to special therapies and working tirelessly with her, teaching her to lipread and to speak, which enabled her to do what she does today.
Among the attendees were three-year-old Laika Shoko from Gqueberha, who receive a cochlear implant with the help of Joy of Hearing in December 2020.
This kind of implant helped Fourie to achieve 80% hearing, after being 97% deaf.’
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SPREADING JOY IN J-BAY AMONGST LITTLE ONES
The Herald
11 June 2021
‘Joy of Hearing will join forces with several other organisations on Saturday to celebrate children with different abilities and special needs, focusing on messages of hope, encouragement and support.
The non-profit funds children and adults in the Eastern Cape with serious hearing impediments, who are unable to cover the cost of a cochlear implant.
Saturday’s event will be held at the Global Leadership Academy in Jeffreys Bay and aims to bring about awareness and empowerment to parents of children with special needs.
Different organisations will come together and share and listen to journeys involving challenges and successes.
Joy of Hearing director Eben Nel said the various organisations had joined hands to bring together children with different disabilities.
Nel said it would be a day of information sharing, learning and fun activities.
“It’s about awareness and empowerment to make people aware that while there are always challenges, there is also hope.”
Anna-Marie Franken of Global Challenge said the event was also meant to celebrate those who worked with the children every day.
Nel said 40 children from Rainbow Centre Primary School in Humansdorp had been invited to the event and would be treated to a day of fun.
Former Miss Deaf SA and motivational speaker Vicki Fourie will give a talk to the children about listening to their inner voices
“I will speak to them about their own voices, what it sounds like and that they do have something to say.
“They are a valuable addition [to] the world, they have a place and voice to use.
“I will also share with them on how I found ways to achieve my dreams.”’

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FORMER MISS DEAF SA LAUNCHES CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL

The Herald

31 May 2021

‘Former Miss Deaf SA and motivational speaker Vicki Fourie has launched a creative writing school in Jeffreys Bay.
An avid reader and published author of the books Viva La Vicki and God Lief My, Fourie has big plans for the small town and has also set out to do motivational talks at schools and churches.
In 2009, Vicki was crowned Miss Deaf SA, and in 2010 she won the title of first princess at the Miss Deaf International in Las Vegas, USA.
“My heart is for my motivational talks to encourage and uplift people in these trying times, especially with Covid-19.
“I spoke at a high school in Jeffreys Bay recently and it was heartbreaking to see how the young people are living in anxiety, depression and panic attacks,” Fourie said.
Recently Fourie, 31, also presented motivational talks at the Global Leadership Academy and WavePoint Church in the surfing town.
Her motivational talks touch on her own life experience and how she overcame her struggles as a deaf child in a normal school.
“At the age of 14, I was involved in a shooting accident, and I fell into depression afterwards. I had panic attacks and almost committed suicide.
“I share with them how I overcame my struggles as a deaf kid in a hearing school, doing ballet, drama [and] dancing.
“With the high school kids the topic is ‘Courage isn’t a gift; it’s a decision’, and I share with them how I overcome my depression,” Fourie said.
Having recently moved to Jeffreys Bay, Fourie said she had been looking for a network of creatives who could come together to spark and inspire each another.
But she could not find what she was looking for so she decided to establish JBay Creatives.
“I am a writer myself, and it can be a lonely and isolating experience. One of my first workshops will be creative writing, as that is the area in which I have the most experience.
“Almost every second person that I meet — upon hearing that I’m a writer — tells me that they would love to write as well, but don’t know where to start,” she said.
The writing course will be presented in both Afrikaans and English and will run over five weeks.
She also hopes to make the course available to those living in the neighbouring towns of Humansdorp, St Francis Bay and Gqeberha.
Budding writers will learn how, what and when to write and the course is designed for high school pupils, retired people and creative young adults.’

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VIVA LA VICKI – ‘N VROU VAN VELE TALENTE

Kouga Express

20 May 2021

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