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WIZO wheelchairs empower disabled learners

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WIZO (the Women’s International Zionist Organisation) South Africa donated four wheelchairs to children at the Athlone School for the Blind this week as part of its local outreach programme.
by Martine Bass | Jun 07, 2018

The child-sized chairs give freedom of movement to students with impaired vision and mobility.

Made by Israeli non-profit organisation Wheelchairs of Hope, the rugged chairs are designed specifically to help disabled children in developing countries.

Adrienne Judes, the chairman of WIZO Cape Town, said: “These wheelchairs will have a life-changing impact on students by allowing them to partake in community activities more easily. The entire family unit is transformed by the basic human right of mobility, which leads to increased self-reliance and confidence.”

The school is both a day and boarding school for more than 300 children from pre-school to Grade 12, and accommodates the blind, visually impaired, and those with multiple disabilities.

Fletcher Fischer, the school’s headmaster, said the exceptional care and nurturing shown by staff helped the children to excel and become wonderful examples for their community. He thanked WIZO and donors for making a difference in their lives, and said that he looked forward to continued association with WIZO.

If you would like to recommend suitable recipients for wheelchairs, call 021 464 6700 ext 131 or email [email protected]

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