The Southern African Vinyl’s Association (SAVA) recently donated an imported beach wheelchair, made from PVC pipes, to Cross Home Care based in the Gansbaai area, Western Cape.
This wheelchair is one-of-a-kind in South Africa and was imported from the USA. It is made of medical grade PVC, has non-corrosive plastic bearings and high-flotation heavy-duty wheels, which allows the physically disabled to access the water and provides better mobility over unpaved areas.
“Physically disabled people find it quite challenging to move around on the beach – never mind reaching the water. They are usually confined to the paved areas around the beach. This PVC beach wheelchair has the ability to take them all the way to the breakwater and makes it possible for them to spend a day on the beach with friends and family,” says Delanie Bezuidenhout, CEO of SAVA.
The PVC beach wheelchair was handed over to Sister Tertia Scholtz who owns Overberg based Cross Home Care, and runs various community projects offering free emergency assistance to both residents and visitors to the Pearly Beach Resort.