Mva Fund Treats Wheelchairs Users To A Fun Day.
The MVA Fund hosted people with disabilities to an eventful Wheelchair Fun Ride in the capital on Wednesday, 03 December 2014. Celebrated under the theme Sustainable Development: The Promise Of Technology, the 5th annual MVA Fund Wheelchair Fun ride is aimed at raising awareness of the social and physical impact caused by road crashes.
The event is specifically hosted for people who are wheelchair bound as a result of road crashes and brought together MVA Fund claimants from various towns across the country for a sporting, competitive yet fun filled event.
The Wheelchair Fun Ride kicked off with a race from UNAM main campus and culminate into different sport codes by the wheelchair users and members of the public at the Wanderers Sports Field in Pioneerspark.
The MVA Fund initiated the wheelchair fun ride in 2009 as part of the institution’s rehabilitation programme, specifically looking at the social aspect of rehabilitation through integration to ensure that every person injured in a road crash is successfully rehabilitated and that they return to work or independence in the shortest possible time. The Fund has committed its efforts towards enhancing the quality of lives of people living with disabilities.
Statistics indicate that over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. Persons with disabilities who are also referred to as “the world’s largest minority”, often face barriers to participation in all aspects of society. For this reason, people with disabilities are often disempowered and therefore have no access to education, employment, transportation and their social interaction is also limited.
Therefore part of the objectives of the fun ride is also to bring about social change by drawing attention to the challenges faced by persons in wheelchairs and people with disabilities in general and advocate for barriers to their development and progress in society.
As the festive season draws closer which is also the time when road crashes are rife and lives are lost on our roads, all road users are urged to be considerate towards other road users, in order to prevent the needless loss of lives on Namibian roads.