Playground brings lots of joy

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Basizeni School learners, Winile Sibiya and Zinhle Ngcobo, discover the joys of playground equipment for the first time.

Wheelchair swings and a custom-designed round-about for pupils in wheelchairs were recently installed at the Basizeni Special School for children with special education needs in eMbalenhle, bringing much joy and pleasure to the learners.
“They were purchased with the proceeds of last year’s Casual Day donations and are bringing joy to our wheelies”, says a Basizeni staff member Mariëtte Botha. The school was the top performer in the province and raised R115 590 in donations from the public.
“A portion of the donations are used by the school and the remainder goes to creating countrywide awareness of people with disabilities.
“We are very proud of the money we raised, as well as the contribution that we made to the national disability sector.
“Our contribution totalled the amount of R69 558,” says Mariëtte.
“The Casual Day funds have been used towards playground development and various other upgrades,” says Mariëtte.
“I wish I could convey the joy on the faces of the children when they first experience the swings for the first time.”
The Basizeni School building is 21 years old and needs maintenance inside and outside.
The focus is on developing and creating classrooms, workshops, playgrounds and sporting environments with the necessary educational equipment; giving each learner the chance to develop his or her full potential.
For more information on Casual Day organisations and on how to assist, visit www.casualday.co.za.

Basizeni School learners, Winile Sibiya and Zinhle Ngcobo, discover the joys of playground equipment for the first time.
Basizeni School learners, Winile Sibiya and Zinhle Ngcobo, discover the joys of playground equipment for the first time.

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