The Forget-Me-Not-Club turns 20 this year and to celebrate, it hosted a fun sports day on Sunday 28 October. One hundred disabled people from Chatsworth, Umlazi and Tongaat got together to compete in a day of sports, fun and games at the Chatsworth Youth Centre.
In the past the club was a pioneer actively involved in sport for disabled people of colour. "During the transition to democracy its members and officials played an instrumental role in breaking down racial barriers in sport," says club chairperson Sagie Naicker. Today the club serves the needs of disabled members in Chatsworth and Umlazi. Some have even attained provincial colours in basketball and table-tennis; the club also hosts Blind Navigator Rallies.
The special 20th Birthday festivities included a basketball tournament, table tennis knock-out competition as well as wheelchair and crutches races.
Residents from the Aryan Benevolent Home, Cheshire Homes, clients from the Association for the Physically Disabled, learners from the Mason Lincoln Special School and the Forget-Me-Not Sports Club for the Disabled competed for the Lesley Naidoo memorial trophy.
After the sports, the participants enjoyed a scrumptious meal and were entertained with a live band. At the prize giving, Sagie Naicker, the chairperson of Forget-Me-Not, announced that the “Forget-Me-Not Sports Challenge” would become an annual event. This received much joy and support from all the participants and spectators.