The Mangaung Metro Municipality in conjunction with the Department of Health and MCUPP retaliation department hosted their 6th annual Mangaung lKasi Wheelchair Race that kicked off at the Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium in Rocklands on Friday.
The day was hosted to uplift and celebrate people with disabilities in the community, as well as to raise awareness.
One of the occupational therapists at MCUPP, Bronwyn Nomsa Muteebezi, explained to Bloemfontein Courant that this event was started in 2011 as part of raising awareness during disability month and
has evolved so much since then. “The day’s activities included a 5 km, 400 m rely, 200 m and 100 m races. They also enjoyed wheelchair rugby with the local team the Mustangs and so much more fun activities, such as soccer for the blind,” she said.
One of the participants of the 5 km race, Godfrey Mosala, said that he believes this event is a great platform for people with disabilities, as you get to meet new people.
“You meet people here that are in similar situations and you tend to help each other through the things that you are struggling with,” he said.
The aim of this event was to embrace and take part in diversity and to encourage people with various disabilities and walks of life to be active.