March is National Intellectual Disability month – and we’re challenging CEOs of companies to spend one day at work in a wheelchair in order to spread awareness about disability, and raise much needed funds to help cover the cost of caring for our family of 300 children and adults with intellectual disability.
Many of these children spend all day every day in a wheelchair; they have to be bathed, fed and dressed by their carers, as they are unable to do anything for themselves. But owing to their level of mental functioning, they do not qualify to attend even special needs schools. So LITTLE EDEN is often left out in the cold when it comes to CSI funding, where 94% is earmarked for education projects.
But you can change that by joining our Wheelchair Challenge now. Here’s how:
- Make a donation of R50 000 to LITTLE EDEN.
- Choose any suitable work day during March to participate.
- Take a video of your “Day in a Wheelchair” experience and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to be featured on Mix FM (93.8), print media (Saturday Star and Caxton), social media and the LITTLE EDEN and Mix FM websites.
- Challenge other CEO’s in your field to do the same.
Your company will receive a Section 18A Tax Certificate which can be used to reclaim tax from SARS, as well as valuable BEE points.
Plus you’ll be part of something greater – helping to provide love and care for the most vulnerable members of society. Many of our residents have been abandoned or come from indigent families who are not able to contribute towards the cost of their care. Your participation literally helps change lives.
At LITTLE EDEN children and adults with disability participate in stimulation programmes and therapy aimed at helping them live life to the full. Shaun, who was born with severe foetal alcohol syndrome and abandoned as a baby, is now 21 years old. Although he has the body of a frail child, he has learned to move himself slowly around in his wheelchair using his feet.
For just a few hours, you can experience life as Shaun does … and help provide the means to keep him safe and happy for the rest of his life. Please complete the form below to register your participation in the 2018 Wheelchair Challenge and we’ll contact you.
Wednesday 14 February:
Valentine’s Day – what better time to show our residents how we feel about them? We’ll be dedicating the day to love and laughter
Saturday 5 May:
Annual Fete, Domitilla and Danny Hyams Home (cnr Wagenaar Road/Harris Ave, Edenglen) – don’t miss this popular event which offers great bargains, entertainment, food and fun for the whole family! All funds raised go towards the cost of caring for our residents.
Monday 7 May:
100 years since the birth of Domitilla
Sunday 13 May:
Mother’s Day – we honour all the ‘mothers’ at LITTLE EDEN who patiently care for children who are not their own. Please join us in praying for our children’s own mothers, it can’t have been easy leaving their child in the care of others. We can only imagine the anguish they may have felt.