About the Surfers
In November 2010 Dries Millard and Glenn Ward rode their wheelchairs from Saldanha to Cape Town to raise awareness amongst the public for people with disabilities. The two twenty year-olds suffered spinal cord injuries during their matric years in 2008, Dries in a car accident and Glenn on a motorbike.
They covered the distance between Saldanha and Cape Town in 5 days, leaving Saldanha 29 November and arriving at the Parliament Buildings in Cape Town on 3 December, National Disability Awareness Day, where a list of grievances and problems faced by the disabled communities of the Saldanha/ Vredenburg region were handed to the Minister.
The objectives of this mammoth 160km trek were: to salute and praise people with disabilities who manage to remain positive and live full and independent lives; to raise public awareness of people with disabilities and change stereotyped perception of disabled persons as being less capable and to raise funds for the establishment of a sports centre for disabled people of the Saldanha/ Vredenberg district which is estimated at about R3 million. Both men play for the Twisters Wheelchair Basketball and the team is desperately in need of a home base.