Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC)
Saturday, 15 February 2014: George Airport the presenting sponsor of the twelfth annual Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge witnessed 1, 041 people with disabilities from South Africa, Ghana, Britain, Germany, Zimbabwe and Australia race along the streets of George. Airports Company South Africa's commitment to the disability sector, aimed at providing access to people with disabilities, has created an inclusive environment for people with disabilities through the Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge. Staff and their families participated on the day by assisting at water stations and pushing wheelchairs in the fun event.
The event, which started out in 2002 with only 27 athletes, has grown to more than 1000 athletes taking part in 2014 in 4 races:
- 42.2 km full marathon,
- 21.1 km half-marathon for athletes using racing wheelchairs or hand cycles,
- 10 km distance, with 40 categories which allowed basketball chairs, ordinary day chairs, hand cycles and racing chairs and
- 5km fun event.
George Airport has been the presenting sponsor of the OCC for the last 4 years and will be the main sponsor in conjunction with the George Municipality for the 13th annual race on 21 February 2015.
George Airport cares for CANSA Relay for life
The CANSA Relay for life is an annual overnight event held in honor of all people who survived cancer as well as pay tribute to the ones who lost the battle against it. The Relay for Life is also used as an opportunity to raise much needed funds for the Cancer organization. Teams of 10 -15 participate by walking right through the night in relays. Teams camp out overnight and raise funds by selling food, etc.
The George Airport team has taken part for the last 2 years in the event and has made donations to the Cancer Association of South Africa.
George Airport lands a hands at the improvement of Pediatric Ward at George Hospital
George Hospital is the only level 2 hospital in the Eden and Klein Karoo districts with a population ± 660 000. The pediatric ward has currently 46 beds and the neonatal ward has 21 beds. The hospital board, George Airport and George Business Community has committed itself to raising funds to build a new children's ward that will be able to accommodate the influx of patients and provide the infrastructure for the already highly skilled medical staff.
As patients and moms (caregivers) often come from afar, there is place for the mothers to stay except at the hospital. Currently the mother's lodge/room can only accommodate 10 mothers and the rooms are not in a good condition.
George Airport has become involved in supplying recliner chairs. These chairs are made to order and will be stationed next to the patient beds. Additional items, such as lockers/cabinets will be sourced soon. This will allow the caregivers to stay with the patients and sleep next to them at night.