SA Paralympian Joins Little Eden Wheelchair Drive
Radio station Kaya FM and SA Paralympic rower Sandra Khumalo will join forces with Little Eden Society to shine a light on mobility challenges faced by the disabled through the third annual Little Eden CEO Wheelchair Campaign, to be launched on March 2.
March is National Intellectual Disability Month, and the society challenges company CEOs to spend one day at work in a wheelchair to spread awareness of disabilities, and raise much-needed funds to help cover the cost of caring for 300 children and adults with intellectual disabilities at Little Eden.
More than 60% of residents rely on wheelchairs for all mobility; they have to be bathed, fed and dressed by their carers, as they are unable to do anything themselves.
Due to their level of mental functioning, these residents do not qualify to attend special-needs schools. So Little Eden is often left out in the cold when it comes to Corporate Social Investment funding, where about 94% is earmarked for education projects.
But Southern Cross readers can change this by joining the CEO Wheelchair Campaign.
Join the Wheelchair Campaign
Little Eden said readers can visit www.littleeden.org.za, then fill in and submit the CEO Wheelchair Campaign registration form.
An invoice will be sent from the society to process a donation of R50000 for big companies and R30000 for smaller companies.
“Choose any suitable work day during March to participate,” Little Eden communications officer Nichollette Muthige advised.
“Take a video or pictures, write about your ‘Day in a Wheelchair’ experience, send this to email@example.com, and it will be published in various print media, on social media platforms and on the Little Eden website,” she said.
Contributions are tax-reclaimable and win BBBEE points.
“More than 70% of those in Little Eden’s homes have been abandoned and some come from indigent families who are not able to support them financially,” Ms Muthige said.
“Your participation literally helps change lives.”
To join this group of friends of Little Eden or for more information on the CEO Wheelchair Campaign, visit the website at www.littleeden.org.za or contact Zai Miller on 011 609-0492 or 072 127-8237, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org