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.”

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.