George Municipality held a special celebration for people living with disabilities on 7 December 2017 at the Transport Museum in George, following the annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities which is annually celebrated on 3 December.
The day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues, the rights of persons with disabilities, gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities.
Cllr Sean Snyman, Ward Councillor for Ward 19, who lives with a disability following a car accident, was the keynote speaker of the day. Cllr Snyman said that he is a person with a disability and is proud of it. He said disabled people should be known as a super-abled society – as they can do everything abled body people can do, just differently and in many instances better.
Snyman lost the use of this right arm. “In a 300th of a second my whole life changed. After I came out of a coma, I weighed 58 kg. I have spent my life chasing the wrong things. It is not about what is on the outside but what goes on the inside.” He told the audience about how he could not find a job after the accident but he was determined and opened his own business. As a Councillor and politician he is pushing for universal accessibility and main stream jobs for people living with disabilities. “We should stand up for ourselves,” he said.
Rudolf Lombard, a member of the Association of the Mouth and Foot Painters, showed the audience how he paints with his mouth to support himself. He urged people who live with disabilities or have children who live with disabilities to become a part of the association.
Members of the South African Sports League, a local organisation promoting sports, especially kickboxing, demonstrated on Charles Greyling, a born paraplegic, how he could use his arms to defend himself.
Two people living with disabilities, Samuel Gomomo and Olwehtu Gojwela received brand new wheelchairs on the day from Clickonit Cares, a local charity.
Besides a great outing to the Transport Museum, the Gender and Disability subsection of Community Development Coordinator, Ejustley Boshoff-Landers, arranged a catered lunch for the 60 people living with disabilities. The audience received all the activities on the programme very well and made videos of the event.