Thirty wheelchairs for Kouga beneficiaries

2018-10-18 06:02
Mayor Horatio Hendricks, Speaker Hattingh Bornman, APD Kouga spokesperson Jakkie Pieters and Clr Timothy Jantjes at Dolphin Beach, one of the most wheelchair-friendly beaches in the country.                                                      Photo:SUPPLIED

Mayor Horatio Hendricks, Speaker Hattingh Bornman, APD Kouga spokesperson Jakkie Pieters and Clr Timothy Jantjes at Dolphin Beach, one of the most wheelchair-friendly beaches in the country. Photo:SUPPLIED

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THIRTY wheelchairs are set to be handed over to Kouga residents next week following the first Wheelchair Wednesday campaign in the region in August.

Twenty-two participants, including Mayor Horatio Hendricks and his Mayoral Committee, took part in the programme, which challenged able-bodies persons to complete everyday tasks while strapped to a wheelchair.

The campaign was initiated by the Association for the Physically Disabled (APD) Nelson Mandela Bay six years ago and rolled out to Kouga by the local branch this year.

“It was an eye-opening experience which none of us will forget and will set the tone for improvements to our region when it comes to wheelchair-accessibility,” said Hendricks.

APD Kouga spokesperson Jakkie Pieters said the aim of Wheelchair Wednesday was to raise funds for the association’s programmes while raising awareness of what life in wheelchair is like.

A total of 700 wheelchairs have thus far been donated to beneficiaries through the campaign.

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