The lives of 400 young children were changed in October when they received brand new wheelchairs with a total value of 1,1 million rand from Game Stores and Vodacom.
More than 4,200 wheelchairs worth a total of R8,4 million have been donated to school children in the past 11 years. The funds are derived from the donating of an equal percentage of the profit on every Vodacom cellphone contract sold as well as on every prepaid activation at all Game stores. NCPPDSA assists in the project, identifying children with the greatest need. “Access to independent mobility not only takes the burden off the family or care-giver, but also gives new hope and confidence to the child. A wheelchair gives a child the means to attend school and the mobility to enjoy a whole range of new experiences,” said Mr Johan Viljoen (NCPPDSA National Director).
The SABS-approved wheelchairs are custom-made to suit the needs of each child giving them greater freedom of movement and helping prevent further deterioration in their posture. All are folding models and some have special features like elevating leg rests, adjustable back and arm rests, wide front castors and tray straps. The conditions in which the children live are also taken into account particularly rural areas where the terrain is uneven.