As part of Intellectual Disability Awareness Month, MiX Telematics, a leading global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions, participated in Little Eden’s Wheelchair Challenge. The campaign was launched at the beginning of March by the local NGO, Little Eden.
CEOs from various companies were challenged to spend a day in a wheelchair to highlight the challenges many people with disabilities face in the workplace. These CEOs were also encouraged to donate R50 000 to the organisation.
MiX Telematics (Africa) joined in the challenge when Jeandre Koen, divisional director of operations, spent the day in a wheelchair at the MiX Telematic offices in Midrand. Afterwards he commented: “So often, we overlook the challenges that persons with disabilities are faced with. I feel very honoured to have been a part of this challenge in raising more awareness about disability. It has also been a great pleasure to work alongside Little Eden in helping them continue the impactful work that they do in the community.”
Little Eden was founded 50 years ago by Domitilla and Danny Hyams, with only a R10 donation. Today, they have two care centres in Edenvale and Bapsfontein (Ekhuruleni), where they care for 300 children and adults with profound intellectual and physical disabilities.
“We embarked on this wheelchair campaign to raise awareness around disability and to help raise funds for the people with disabilities in our care, given that most corporate social investment goes towards other areas, such as education,” says Zai Miller, development officer at Little Eden.
“Consequently, we welcome the support received from corporates such as MiX Telematics, who have done their bit to help us keep our doors open and continue to help persons in need of our care.”