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30 May 2006

Disability Unit and SHAWCO wheel to kids' aid

UCT's Disability Unit and SHAWCO teamed up last week to lend a hand to the Golden Girls Disabled Children's Home in nearby Langa. The Disability Unit had a few small wheelchairs not quite up to scratch for its adult-sized clients - they had been used for its disability awareness programmes - and was looking for someone who could get some mileage out of it. SHAWCO had clients just the right fit - the many kids at Golden Girls. Last week, staff from the unit and SHAWCO presented the chairs to the home. Once run on a budget that couldn't buy a shoestring, Golden Girls can now offer decent if not luxurious care to about 50 children with disabilities, aged two to a childlike 34. That's thanks to help from Belgian benefactors (a UCT exchange student from Belgium got the ball rolling) and SHAWCO students who visit the kids and offer some basic occupational therapy and physiotherapy services every week. "It makes a big difference to us," says Golden Girls supervisor Doreen Nabe.


In last week's edition of Monday Paper (Vol 25#11) we referred to Professor Martin West's title as deputy vice-chancellor and deputy vice-principal. The latter title should have read vice-principal. We apologise for the error.

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