Disabled get gift of 1000 wheelchairs

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

Thousands of poor and disabled South Africans need wheelchairs.

In Soweto alone about 70000 people, mostly children, do not have wheelchairs.

But that is about to change after the Northcliff Rotary Club in partnership with Absa Bank donated 1000 wheelchairs yesterday to disabled people throughout Southern Africa.

"We realised there is a huge need for wheelchairs as some people still use their hands to move around," said Northcliff Rotary Club wheelchair project convenor Terry Heslop.

He said the initiative started 15 years ago, and that 16000 wheelchairs have been distributed.

Annemarie Mostert, head of public relations of the executive at Absa, said: "We are doing this to empower disabled people.

"We want them to be mobile."