Friday 1 March was International Wheelchair Day and Cape Town company Adapt To Change and Avondale Primary School in Atlantis marked the day by making a donation of bread tags to the Breadtags for Wheelchairs Foundation.
The children from Avondale, in collaboration with Adapt To Change, had been collecting the tags since last year. “Please give a very, very big thank you to all the staff and learners at Avondale School who contributed so many tags,” said Mary Honeybun of the Breadtags for Wheelchairs Foundation. She added that so far the foundation has managed to give out 368 wheelchairs and last year alone 5-tons of breadtags were recycled and kept out of landfills.
International Wheelchair Day was started 6 years ago by Steve Wilkinson in Australia. Steve was born with Spina Bifida and wanted to create a day that raised awareness of the needs of disabled people around the world and more importantly create the opportunity to celebrate the positive impact a wheelchair can have in someone’s life. Says Steve about Adapt To Change and Avondale Primary’s initiative forming part of International Wheelchair Day: “I’m honored to include you as the first event to be featured from South Africa and for the fact that you are working so hard alongside the school and Mary (of the Breadtags for Wheelchairs Foundation) to support one of the key aims of International Wheelchair Day (which is) to provide wheelchairs for the tens of millions of people who need a wheelchair to improve their quality of life.”
‘We are privileged to have played a small part in two such incredible initiatives that are making such a big difference in many people’s lives,’ said Johann Koegelenberg, Adapt To Change’s co-founder.
Adapt To Change’s relationship with Avondale Primary started in July 2012. Said Koegelenberg: ‘All 3 founding members of Adapt To Change have spent significant time working in Atlantis and to this day we have family and friends residing in the area – it is an area close to our hearts and which has great need, which was why we decided to collaborate with Avondale Primary on certain initiatives.’
‘The Breadtags project, which will continue in future, was one opportunity for the school and Adapt To Change to support a worthy cause and to bring joy to people in need,’ he explains.
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Thank you letter from the Breadtags for Wheelchairs Foundation Photographer: Adapt To Change
The Adapt To Change team hand over the tags Photographer: Adapt To Change