Wheelchair Wednesday changes lives

2015-08-12 06:00
At the handover of 120 new wheelchairs as part of the Wheelchair Wednesday campaign, were (back from left), executive director of APD, Brian Bezuidenhout, executive mayor, Danny Jordaan and Wendy Westraadt of Spar. In front (from left) are recipients

At the handover of 120 new wheelchairs as part of the Wheelchair Wednesday campaign, were (back from left), executive director of APD, Brian Bezuidenhout, executive mayor, Danny Jordaan and Wendy Westraadt of Spar. In front (from left) are recipients

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“You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” The theory of this age-old saying was tested during the Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities (APD)’s Wheelchair Wednesday campaign in which participants had to forfeit using their legs for four hours, every Wednesday in July, to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities.

The initiative celebrated its fourth year in 2015. According to Brian Bezuidenhout, executive director of APD, over 100 000 people in the Bay are living with disabilities.

The donations from the participants allowed for the purchase of 120 new wheelchairs, which were handed to those in need at a ceremony, on Wednesday, August 5, at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium.

At the handing over ceremony, executive mayor, Danny Jordaan, commended those who participated in the initiative.

Media 24, of which PE Express is a publication, was a media sponsor of the campaign.

They donated a wheelchair to Millicent Ruda (29) of Kwadwesi. Millicent was born premature and has been in a wheelchair her entire life.

Before Media 24 stepped in, she had to make do with an old and rusted wheelchair that could not fold.

According to her mother, Nosandile, the new wheelchair will help her a lot.

“It was sad for us, because she always had to stay at home. Whenever we went to family gatherings, she would have to stay, because her wheelchair did not fit in the taxi. Now, that is no longer the case. I am very excited for her and her new gift,” the mother said

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