BA-PHALABORWA- As the spirit of giving continues this festive season and the as part of observing the international day of persons with disabilities, Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality in partnership with Shikuma Logistics and OBC Phalaborwa, have donated wheelchairs and basic food necessities to disabled people, the handover ceremony was held at Municipal Lapa on Friday, December 11.
This significant day is celebrated annually on December 3. This is a day to help everyone become more compassionate and understanding of the challenges faced by people with disabilities.
The day doesn’t discriminate between mental and physical disabilities, and the spirit of the day is to ensure that all people in the world have equal opportunities for work, play, health, and success. People with disabilities can be and very often are contributing and valued members of society, and today is all about appreciating them.
Ba-Phalaborwa Mayor, Cllr Merriam Malatji, said the celebration of this day is an important tool in promoting the rights of people with disabilities in our communities. “People with disabilities are not heroes and are not victims. They are a part of us, hence “Nothing for us, Without us!!” We are agents of our destiny, seeking an equal place in the South African community.
And our disabled citizens are as deserving as the rest of us”.
The Mayor also appreciated the contribution made by the sponsors, SHUKHUMA LOGISTICS. “When our office approached them for this donation, their response came without hesitation. They were ready and willing to assist us to reach out to the community of Ba-Phalaborwa. They are not first time donor; they have been with us through the most difficult of times recently during the higher Covid-19 alert levels. Our gratitude also goes to OBC who have generously donated food parcels for today’s beneficiaries. As we move into the festive season, this will be a great way for them to celebrate with their loved ones as well. We are truly thankful for stakeholders like yourselves and we hope others will follow suit and do likewise. By nurturing our relationship, we have been able to achieve so much” she concluded.