On the 31st of July in celebration of Madiba month, the team at KMI Airport supported by the FWM Foundation were privileged to assist fifteen individuals from the Dwaleni community with the gift of mobility. The handing over ceremony took place at the Dwaleni Clinic, whereby members of the community were overwhelmed by the occasion.

Amongst the recipients was Gugulethu Hope Mhlaba a four year old little girl who was born disabled and was only able to move around in a sitting position before receiving her very own wheelchair.

“We are honored to be part of this initiative and it’s truly inspiring to see how lives are transformed within our communities, providing dignity, independence and hope through the gift of mobility”, says Marius Nel, Managing Director of KMI Airport.

The need for wheelchairs in our world is staggering, it is estimated that 100 million people are in dire need of a wheelchair, yet lack the resources to obtain one. We are grateful for organizations such as the FWM who have provided wheelchairs to over 844 000 people in 91 countries. Already suffering from the pain and indignity of a physical disability, many of these people must endure further burdens, many are forced to live in isolation or wait to be carried to meet their most basic of needs.

We recognise that we are fortunate enough to be in a position to help others, and are heartened that our people feel the same way. “The team at KMI Airport are committed to continuing further initiatives that positively impact our local communities”, says Nel.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Mr. Titus Masuku, Sister Longwe from the Dwaleni Clinic & Mrs. Matsane from the Sizanani Home Based Care who assisted in identifying recipients in need. We thank all involved for helping us make this difference.