Campaign focuses on disabilities

2016-07-27 06:00
MANY people took part in the Bethlehem Child and Family Welfare walk-run awareness campaign on Friday (22/07) in Bohlokong near Bethlehem. Photo: Supplied

MANY people took part in the Bethlehem Child and Family Welfare walk-run awareness campaign on Friday (22/07) in Bohlokong near Bethlehem. Photo: Supplied

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BOHLOKONG. – Members of Bethlehem Child and Family Welfare, the disabled community and their supporters, took part in a walk-run awareness campaign on Friday (22/07) in Bohlokong near Bethlehem.

The walk-run awareness started at the municipality’s old chambers and proceeded to the Dihlabeng Metropolitan Centre in town where different people of various organisations rendered their speeches.

Ntebaleng Dlamini, the social worker tasked with disablities at the Bethlehem Child and Family Welfare, said the walk-run awareness campaign for people living with disabilities was aimed at educating and ensuring awareness of different disabilities.

It also aims to say: “It is okay to have a friend with a disability,” she said.

She said people with disabilities were not restricted from taking part in the event.

“We hosted a successful campaign. We were happy with the number of people who supported us,” she said.

Bethlehem Child and Family Welfare is an organisation that offers services to people who live with disabilities and organisations that deal with disabilities.

Dlamini said the walk-run was mainly aimed at mental health awareness as they were celebrating Mental Health Month.

“We want to make our communities aware that people with mental problems are human beings and they should be treated like everyone,” she said.

She has requested the community to assist them by taking those who have mental problems to the local clinics for assistance.

“You will find that some of them are walking in the streets and eating from the dustbins. If they could be taken to the clinic for an injection, they would not do these things. We can be consulted if they do not want to go to the clinic. We can assist with that,” she said.

Dlamini said if they found that such a person was violent, they would ask the police to help them because they cared for people.

“We don’t want to see them sleeping on the side of the roads,” she said.

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