October was National Transport Month as well as the Month of Mental Health Awareness, and with November being Disability Rights Awareness Month (DRAM), the GO GEORGE mascot Georgie needed no excuse to visit the happy youngsters with different kinds of challenges at Legacy Centre in Denneoord.
Legacy Centre’s awareness campaign, “Special-needs children are different, NOT less!”, links in with GO GEORGE’s mission of being accessible to all passengers, including those with different categories of special needs. GO GEORGE will be reaching out to several local organisations and institutions involved with people with disabilities during November.
The Legacy kids were hugely excited when Georgie came through the door and happily joined him in singing, and of course, doing the popular Jerusalema dance.
According to Mariza van Deventer, co-founder of the non-profit organisation BINAH and owner of Legacy Centre, children with special needs experience sensory discomfort when wearing masks. “Children at Legacy are not forced to wear masks, but with a teacher/child ratio of one to three at the centre, it is fairly easy for the teachers to maintain a safe distance between the children,” she said.
After a fun quiz about the buses and Covid safety precautions, the children were delighted to each receive a GO GEORGE goodie bag and reluctantly said goodbye to Georgie and his team.