On Wednesday 30 July 2014 Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism (NMBT) experienced the Bay from a different point of view as they participated in the Wheelchair Wednesday campaign run by the Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities (APD). The campaign assists in creating awareness for those who use wheelchairs and also raises funds to donate wheelchairs – 100 in 2014 and 250 in the 3 year existence of the campaign.
Mr Brian Bezuidenehout from APD, expressed his gratitude saying, “It has been amazing to see how the businesses and citizens of Nelson Mandela Bay have been able to unite in this cause to affect change in peoples mindsets and contribute wheelchairs to those in need.”
NMBT participants spent 4 hours in a wheelchair undertaking various daily tasks which included shopping, going to the post office as well as experiencing a restaurant and the work environment whilst in a wheelchair and with an assistant. Ms Sadie Isaacs and Ms Reuann Smith shared that this was an experience that should be undertaken by various citizens and business people especially those in public service as it makes you aware of challenges the wheelchair bound person experiences that you would not ordinarily consider.
Ms Mandlakazi Skefile, NMBT CEO confirmed, “We work very