OCC schools awareness day

FEBRUARY 11, 2016

The annual Outeniqua Wheelchair Race (OCC), the only race of its kind in South Africa takes place in February each year in George.  As part of the race, the organisers use the opportunity to raise awareness and sensitise school children about the abilities and qualities of persons in wheelchairs.

Approximately 500 children from primary schools in the community are transported to the Garden Route Mall and with the support of sponsors; each receive a snack and cooldrink.  A short programme is then offered to the children and each year a different sporting code for disabled people is introduced.  In the past, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair ballroom dancing and this year, 2016,wheelchair tennis and a wheelchair stuntman will form a part of the event.

After the sport demonstrations, the children participate in relay teams in either a wheelchair obstacle course or short distance race using wheelchairs.  Cynthia Boltman, Gender and Disability Co-Ordinator for George Municipality who handles the arrangements for this event said that the importance of this exercise is to allow the able-bodied children a glimpse into the mobility issues experienced on a daily basis by wheelchairs users.

The event will take place on 19 February 2016 from 14:00 to17:00 at the Garden Route Mall.

Image: Stars from 7de Laan television series at last year’s schools event.