Maphalane Celebrates the International Day of Persons

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The Maphalane Disability Trust celebrated the International Day of Persons at Helen Bishop Orthopaedic Centre. The observance of the celebration was a call for a plan of action at national and regional levels, with an emphasis on equalization of opportunities, rehabilitation and prevention of disabilities.


The theme of IYDP was “full participation and equality”, defined as the right of persons with disabilities to take part fully in the life and development of their societies, enjoy living conditions equal to those of other citizens, and have an equal share in improved conditions resulting from socio-economic development.


Maphalane Trust used the observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. The trust invited member of the community at large and governments departments. Various departments and organizations such as The Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Road Accident Fund and Department of Social Development were invited to be part of a panel and share how they cater for people with disabilities. This brought some sense of relief and shed light as these departments could work together with the Trust in achieving the same goal, which is to ensure that people with disabilities are treated equally in all spheres of life.

The CEO, Ms Bontle Wildebees started off by introducing the Trust and informing community members about the existence of the Trust. This allowed more people to understand what the Trust is all about, its mandate as well as its focus areas. The aim of the prestigious day was not to be the only voice but also enable individuals to part-take on discussions that took place. Individuals from different backgrounds and workplace environments raised their concerns as well as compliments at the event. The panel members were able to give answers to those who needed clarity.


It only made sense to have a fun day with the children at Helen Bishop Orthopaedic Centre, as they play a significant role in our lives. This was accomplished with the jumping castles, merry-go-rounds, fun rides and toys that was made available to the children. The ecstasy on the children’s faces were unmistakeable and displayed that the Trust did a good job executing the event. Such events gives us hope; where all South Africans stop what they doing and observe and part-take on the important day.

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