During 2014 we repeated the very successful and unique Wheelchair Wednesday campaign sponsored by Spar Eastern Cape. The basic concept of able-bodied participants spending 4 hour in a wheelchair was launched in 2012.
Spar Wheelchair Wednesday 2014 which took place on all 5 Wednesdays in July was again an overwhelming success with 100 Participants, each with their own “helper/pusher” using the allocated 4 hours to move around the PE business environment to report back on wheelchair related accessibility issues. Participants were given a task sheet/route map which included issues like going to a ATM, restaurant, supermarket, etc.
The 100 wheelchairs that were allocated to the participants to use during the event were handed to 100 worthy, hand-picked recipients at a gala event during August at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
A handsome sum of R350000 was raised for our job creation workshops.
OBJECTIVES OF SPAR WHEELCHAIR WEDNESDAY 2014:
• Create awareness regarding issues relating to accessibility for People with Disabilities within the business environment of Nelson Mandela Bay
• Involve business in making a difference by handing over 100 Wheelchairs to needy beneficiaries
• Have business at large assess and recommend changes regarding accessibility
• Raise much needed funds for the APD Protective Workshops for Persons with Disabilities