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ACSA wheels the disabled through its Mobility Programme
Thursday, March 06, 2008 | 00:00 For the 2007/08 financial year Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), Cape Town International Airport has already donated just under 1million rand toward its corporate social responsibility. This money has been donated to various organisations with the aim of improving the lives of the impoverished people living in the airports surrounding areas.
 
But, in addition to this, for the past few years ACSA has been donating wheelchairs to physically challenged people as part of realizing its business aspiration: moving people – changing lives.
 
1000 wheelchairs have already been donated to various communities in several phases since late last year with donations taking place in Cape Town tomorrow.
 
Astra School for the physically disabled will be the recipients of 41 wheelchairs on Friday with a further twenty having been donated to other organisations such as Tygerberg Hospital and Vista Nova School amongst others, bringing the total quantity of wheelchairs donated by ACSA Cape Town to just over sixty.
 
“We want the general public to know that ACSA is concerned about those for whom mobility is a daily challenge.
 
To this end, we donate a thousand wheelchairs every year to the disabled to help them with mobility and ease of access to various amenities at our airports and everywhere else,” said Deidre Hendricks, Communications Manager for Cape Town International Airport.
 
Astra, the ‘special needs’ school serves approximately 300 children from the suburb of Montana, which lies very close to the airport. On a daily basis these children with special needs are cared for and educated.
 
“This donation will make a deep impact in the daily lives of our learners, especially in improving their mobility in and around the school and home environments”, said Mr. Cook, Principal of Astra School for the Physically Disabled.
 
ACSA believes that the learners will benefit greatly from this donation not only this year but for many years to come.
 
“Our vision in respect of corporate social responsibility is to empower and sustain South African communities while making a vital contribution to the South African economy by facilitating tourism and travel,” Hendricks.
 
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