Wheelchair Wednesday helps sustain Job Creation for Persons with Disabilities

2015-07-01 06:05

Our Job Creation Workshops provides meaningful work for some 100 persons with disabilities, who in most cases, due to various social and structural reasons, are not considered employable by the open labour market.

Fundraising Manager at Association for the Physically Disabled (APD) Brett Marshall says their running costs are extremely high and the proceeds from the Wheelchair Wednesday campaign help to sustain their meaningful service.

The Ability Wear Job Creation Centre provides sewing and garment-manufacturing skills training and income-generating work opportunities to people with disabilities.

The Ability Wear Job Creation Centre is the only one of its kind in Nelson Mandela Bay and provides a unique and vital service to the local disabled community.

According to APD the centre custom manufactures and brands a wide range of clothing apparel for local companies, government departments and schools in and around Nelson Mandela Bay.

The Ability Wear Job Creation Centre includes a Sewing, Screen-printing and Embroidery operation.

“On-the-job skills training and knowledge transfer is ongoing in this centre. APD is continually looking to identify persons with disabilities with potential to receive further sewing, printing, and embroidery training.

“They have approximately 40 persons with disabilities working in the Ability Wear Job Creation Centre. This beneficiary group is mostly come from impoverished communities in Nelson Mandela Bay,” said Marshall.

Ability Wear Job Creation Centre secures order for manufacture and printing of 15,000 Golf Shirts and Caps for Casual Day.

Casual Day is a national awareness and fundraising event that takes place in September.

Executive Director of APD Brian Bezuidenhout said, “APD is thrilled to announce that we have secured the order to manufacture and print promotional garments for this event. Bringing new business to Nelson Mandela Bay and making sure that it ensures work and income for the disability sector is indeed an achievement that we can be proud of.”

Billy Paulson, Board Member of APD added, “We have seen an increasing number of people with disabilities, who have been trained and received employment in this centre begin to improve the socio-economic conditions of their families and communities.

“This is proof that the centre is playing an increasingly important role in the alleviation of poverty in the disabled community we serve.”

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