Wheelchair Wednesday 2017 Handover Function & Campaign Report Back
What a privilege to hand over 168 wheelchairs to needy beneficiaries at the Wheelchair Wednesday 2017 handover function!
We are overwhelmed by the support we received from SPAR Eastern Cape, Network of Caring – Southern Africa and Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and all our other sponsors and participating companies who made this memorable day possible!
A special word of thanks to Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Mayor, Athol Trollip, and his Mayoral Committee Members for participating in this year’s campaign and attending the handover function.
Once again the beneficiaries and guests were entertained by the extremely talented Lake Farm Band who put on a fine show for all.
APD Nelson Mandela Bay executive director, Brian Beuizdenhout, said: “We want to involve businesses to see life from a disability point of view and we therefore invited company executives to spend four hours in a wheelchair and to submit a report about their experience. In this way, we can create awareness regarding issues relating to accessibility for people with disabilities within the business environment of Nelson Mandela Bay. We then help companies by assessments and recommending changes.”
In addition to the wheelchair handed over, we also raised in excess of R400 000 for our Ability Work Centres which provide life-changing skills training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities in the metro.
The project serves four important purposes:
Awareness: The four hours in the wheelchair is an unforgettable experience that changes mindsets forever. Over five year some 1000 participants of Spar Wheelchair Wednesday have been exposed to wheelchair related matters.
Community Support: The project has resulted in 668 wheelchairs being donated to needy people over the last 6 years.
Improving Accessibility: The vast improvements brought about in many local structures and the mindfulness of our local citizens to simple matters, like the importance of reserving Disabled Parking Bays for mobility impaired people is encouraging.
Fund raising: APD Nelson Mandela Bay provides job creation opportunities for some 100 people with disabilities at their workshops in Paterson Rd North End. With no assistance from local or national government and with running costs in access of five hundred thousand Rand per month, they need to reach out to business and individuals to help keep the doors open.
Thank you to everyone who participated this year and ensured that Wheelchair Wednesday 2017 was our most successful to date!
We would like to encourage business Port Elizabeth to come on board and support our 2018 Campaign. Remember you can Spend 4 hours in a wheelchair and change a life!
For participation information about the 2018 campaign please contact Marie Sin Hidge: 084 586 7704 or email@example.com
APD Charity Golf Day 2018
APD’s annual Charity Golf Day will be taking place in October 2018 at the Port Elizabeth Golf Club.
The funds raised from this event go towards sustaining our Ability Work Centres where we provide skills training and employment opportunities to persons with disabilities. Our annual golf day not only raises much needed funds but also exposes business leaders and corporate decision makers to our life-changing projects which continue to empower and uplift persons with disabilities in Nelson Mandela Bay.
A prize giving ceremony will be held at 18h00 where dinner will be served. Full bar facilities will be available.
Participants can expect a fun-filled evening of entertainment, lucky draw giveaways, longest drive trophy presentation, and an auction with items available for bidding:
For bookings and sponsorship options please contact Marie Sin Hidge.
Cell: 084 586 7704
Tickets usually sell out fast so book early to reserve your spot!
In September 2018, APD NMB will be having its Annual General Meeting. Attendees will be issued with an Annual Report. This report informs the public of the highlights from the previous financial year.
We are appealing to business in Nelson Mandela Bay to offer their support through the placing of an advert in this year’s publication. Your support will not only assist us in covering the production cost of this marketing tool, it also endorses your support for our worthy cause.
For more information, contact Koomathie Nair on (041) 484 5426 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your membership contribution enables us to provide persons with disabilities with meaningful employment, one meal a day, busfares, in-house firstline medical care, train people in our surrounding townships, do referrals to various state departments and enhance their lives.
Applications can be submitted to email@example.com.