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Georgie adds joy to APD celebration

Goodie bag APD
Very curious to see what the GO GEORGE drawstring bag holds … the children at the Optima Centre treasure these educational gifts.

Disability Rights Awareness Month 2020 ended on a high note at the Optima Centre in Pacaltsdorp last Thursday, National Disability Rights Awareness Day. GO GEORGE joined the children and staff in celebrating the end of the Association for People with Disabilities’ annual programme.

The GO GEORGE team presented a fun outdoor programme, sharing appropriate educational information with the 25 children attending on the day. In line with their Covid safety policy, the staff and children attend the centre in accordance with a rotational schedule. The star of the day, however, was the popular mascot Georgie whose appearance evoked loud cheers and applause and soon had most of them dancing, singing and wheeling along.

GO GEORGE drawstring bags containing educational material to engage the children in bus-related games were handed out and received with much excitement. This event marked the culmination of GO GEORGE’s engagements for Disability Rights Awareness Month.

Georgie at APD
Hugs are not much in supply these days, so, a safe hug from a non-breathing friend made these guys’ day.


Inspiring video of Carpe Diem dancers on bus

GO GEORGE released a video on the same day, featuring the Hip Hop Dance Crew of the Carpe Diem School for children with special needs. A sterling group of youngsters rising above their individual challenges and motivating others, they performed in and around the GO GEORGE buses that have been designed to be accessible to all. Special effort was made to consider universal design guidelines in the presentation of the video too, which, in addition to the inspiring content, created quite a stir in Disability circles worldwide within hours of being released and shared with South African stakeholders. Watch the video by clicking on this link: https://youtu.be/dqsawU3haxo

APD kids bus banner
Who says we have not been on a GO GEORGE bus yet? The bus banner held up by communication champions proved to be a firm favourite with the youngsters.

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