NINE wheelchairs and two sets of crutches were donated to the Msunduzi Disabled Club by the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) on Saturday.
The Msunduzi Disabled Club volunteers and assists the CMA by marshalling, spotting and fulfilling certain technical functions at the Greater Edendale Race held annually.
“These enthusiastic volunteers have long wanted to participate in the Greater Edendale Race, but it was not possible due to operational and logistical constraints, coupled with the fact that the roads on which the race is run are not wheelchair-friendly.
“The ninth edition of this community road-running event will once again be held this November and these local wheelchair-bound volunteers make the event that much more inclusive and successful with their selfless efforts,” said CMA board member and CSI convener, Alen Hattingh.
Hattingh says that the intention of the CMA is to get these specific volunteers to become trained and accredited as technical officials in order for them to officiate at other road-running and track and field events.
Chairperson of the Msunduzi Disabled Club, Sandile Luvuno, said they were grateful for the support and generosity of the CMA.
“These wheelchairs are a blessing to our members and it is a major sign of goodwill from the Comrades family,” said Luvuno.
CMA chairperson Macdonald Chitja said it was only fitting to make a “tangible contribution for the greater good of some of our fellow citizens of our city”.
“The donation of wheelchairs and walking aids to the Msunduzi Disabled Club is a small token of appreciation to these passionate volunteers. We commend them on their passion and interest in such community-centred events and their eagerness to contribute in their own way,” said Chitja.
— Witness Reporter