It has become an institution at Legacy Centre in Denneoord that the GO GEORGE mascot Georgie will pay a visit during November, Disability Rights Awareness Month.
The happy youngsters with different kinds of challenges attending the centre excitedly compete for a selfie with their “friendly bus” friend and enjoy dancing and singing along with his merry tunes. Over the years, there have been photos of Georgie with some of the Legacy kids who have grown from little nippers the first time to almost as tall as Georgie himself by now.
This year, one of the learners even insisted on getting a new outfit in the blue and green colours of the GO GEORGE bus service to wear for Georgie’s visit.
In between all the fun and laughter, important rules about safety in and around the buses were shared with the kids and judging by the way some eager beavers were prompting the presenter, the message had struck home before and stayed there.
(Some 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.)