On the 7th of November Chaeli Mycroft received the World of Children Award, often referred to as the “Nobel Prize for Child Advocates” in New York. The award recognizes those who focus on changing the lives of children around the world.

In its 15 year history, the World of Children Award has invested more than $5 million in programs led by 95 honorees serving vulnerable children in 140 countries.

Chaeli will receive a grant to expand the work she has been doing with her non-profit organization, the Chaeli Campaign.

Born with cerebral palsy, she sees her disability as an opportunity to speak around the world as an “ability activist” working to create a global community that accepts and embraces disability.

Worldwide, less than 50% of children with a disability finish their primary education. This prevents many of them from ever reaching their full potential or becoming independent members of their communities.

Chaeli is making sure all children have the ability to reach their full potential. She co-founded The Chaeli Campaign to support the mobility and educational needs of children with disabilities in South Africa. Since 2004, The Chaeli Campaign has helped more than 10 000 children with disabilities receive equipment, physical therapy and more. She will use the funding from World of Children Award to buy school materials for The Chaeli Campaign’s early childhood development program.

Unified Sports Day in Dieplsoot

Shumbashaba and Special Olympics South Africa “opened doors” for everyone to participate in the Unified Sports Day held on 30 November 2013.

This is the third time the event brought together people from all walks of life, different ages and abilities, each with their own unique challenges and all united in commitment to share in the spirit of good sportsmanship.

The athletes took centre stage, taking on their chosen sport code – bocce, volleyball, 7-aside soccer and equastrian. “This is a great occasion to integrate people with and without disabilities sharing the field at the same time,” said Shumbashaba spokesperson Jacky du Plessis.

No entry fee is charged and many volunteers kindly donate their time, resources and skills to make the day a success.

NPO shines at award ceremony in the windy city

Congratulations to the Nelson Mandela Bay Association for Persons with Disabilities. The organization recently received the MEC Special Achievements Award for The Best Performing Institution in the Disability Sector at the National Disability Awards Gala Dinner held in Port Elizabeth.