On Thursday, 1 March, Mix FM (93.8) camped at LITTLE EDEN Society for a live broadcast to capture all the action during the launch of our Wheelchair Campaign.
During the month of March, which is National Intellectual Disability month, we’re challenging all CEOs 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.
Our CEO, Lucy Slaviero, led the challenge by spending the whole of 1 March in a wheelchair.
“I did not expect the amount of strain I felt on my upper legs brought by being in a wheelchair the whole day and the effort required to propel and pass through narrow spaces to get about my day,” she said afterwards. “Where I could, I asked for help and got up from the wheelchair to stretch my legs. Can you imagine the frustration if you had no verbal ability to ask for help, and not being able to get up for a moment for some relief?”
Some carers at the Home shared their experiences with Mix FM listeners. They spoke about what it means to look after someone who has profound intellectual disability. Some residents also shared their stories about the place they call home, LITTLE EDEN Society.
Zai Miller, LITTLE EDEN Development Officer, urged big and small companies to contact her for more information about participating in the wheelchair campaign, and the benefits of being part of something so special.
She expressed her gratitude to Mix FM for their support in promoting the campaign and to the CEOs of some companies who have already come forward and registered to take part in the campaign, including Discovery SA, Multotec, National Kargo, Oberon Pharma (PTY) Ltd and others.
Click here to see more photos from the day.