Disabled given chance

2016-03-30 06:00
CHANTELLE LOUW of the Helen Bishop Home with the chairperson of the Sol Plaatje Chess Club, Aubrey Mgadi.

CHANTELLE LOUW of the Helen Bishop Home with the chairperson of the Sol Plaatje Chess Club, Aubrey Mgadi.

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THREE youths of the Helen Bishop Orthopaedic After-Care Home were identified by the Sol Plaatje Chess Club as potential members of the club.

This was during the club’s visit to the home on Monday, 21 March, Human Rights Day, under the theme The right to participate in sports.

The Helen Bishop Orthopaedic Home in Kimberley is one of the few facilities in the Northern Cape that provides residential care for children with severe disabilities.

In an effort to promote the sport of chess to the disabled children on the day through teaching them, the Sol Plaatje Chess Club members donated boxes of Easter eggs.

They also donated a chess set to enable them to continue practising after they were shown the ropes.

Aubrey Mgadi, the chairperson of the Sol Plaatje Chess Club, said they were pleased to discover talented players among the disabled youth at the home and promised to nurture them.

“We are happy for being able to give them the opportunity of joining our team, as it also promotes sport amongst the disabled. We identified those who are mentally able, but ‘disabled’ in how to play chess and agreed for them to continue practising until our next visit.

“We donated a chess set for the members to continue playing in our absence until our next visit,” said Mgadi.

The club members gather at the no. 5 taxi rank on Wednesdays to practise.

The Helen Bishop Orthopaedic After-Care Home is excited about the initiative and fully encourages its members to participate in all the sports activities that they can. According to the home, the members currently only participate in weight-lifting and boccia, a ball game for the disabled. Boccia is a turn-based game based on rules similar to that of bowls, but devised specifically for athletes with physical disabilities who require a wheelchair.

The aim of the game is to throw leather balls as close to the target jack as possible.

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