In order to raise awareness of spinal cord injuries, QAWC members visit schools in various communities across the Western Cape province. This awareness and prevention campaign is an important and fundamental part of the QAWC culture and activities.
Funded by the Department of Social Development, our team visits schools in and around Vredendal, Lutzville, Groot Brak Rivier, Albertinia, Riversdale & Heidelberg. Learners at the schools which are situated in areas considered to be high-risk for gang activity and substance abuse which often leads to individuals suffering serious spinal injuries are addressed by the QAWC team. Our team members share their individual stories and highlight the dangers of making negative lifestyle choices and decisions.
Learners are also given the opportunity to move around their school using a wheelchair in order to see for themselves the challenges faced by wheelchair users on a daily basis. Lastly, team members share their success stories with the learners and highlight the correct way to speak to and interact with wheelchair users as well as the ability that people with disabilities have.