Nordex Education Trust, empowerment arm of Nordex Energy South Africa, the local subsid-iary of the German wind-turbine manufacturing company, will sponsor the Cheali Campaign’s participation in the Argus Cycle Tour on 9th March 2014.
The R63 750 sponsorship includes Cheali Mycroft’s buggy, a hospitality tent at the finish line to host the Chaeli Campaign cycle team, the three participating Nordex staff members – Matthias Breu, Wayne Smith and Ilse Botha in the 109km race as well as their supporters.
The Chaeli Campaign is an NPO based in Plumstead Cape Town that seeks to mobilise the minds and bodies of differently-abled children throughout South Africa.
Says Anne Henschel, Nordex South Africa’s Managing Director: “We were especially inspired by Chaeli’s story and drive to provide ‘Hope in Motion’. Her story mutually aligns with our own goals as a global turbine company in Africa.”
Says Thembakazi Chagonda, a Trustee of the Nordex Education Trust: “The Chaeli Campaign embodies the spirit of resilience, empowerment and creativity in education that we value and appreciate. Our focus as the Nordex Education Trust is to assist historically disadvantaged and marginalised people in South Africa to gain access to education and training skills to facilitate their participation in the economy.”
This initiative follows on a R250 000 donation made by Nordex to The Chaeli Campaign in December 2013 which included:
• R59 500 to support fourteen historically disadvantaged Chaeli team members partici-pating in the Dancing for the Disabled: 2013 National Championships
• R80 000 to support The Chaeli Campaign Early Childhood Development: Inclusive Education Programme
• R56 000 toward the salary of a Chaeli Campaign Therapist and Facilitator for one month
The Chaeli Campaign was founded in 2004 by five young girls who raised R20 000 to pur-chase a wheelchair for Chaeli Mycroft the young South African woman after whom the NPO is named. The Chaeli Campaign has grown since then to mobilise the bodies and minds of children with disabilities through 8 programmes which include therapies, outreach pro-grammes, vocation and rehabilitation programmes, and inclusive education facilitation.
In 2005, at the age of 10, Chaeli Mycroft became the youngest ever finalist in the Shoprite Checkers/SABC 2 Woman of the Year Award and has gone on to win numerous other acco-lades including: the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2011 and a medal for Social Ac-tivism at the Nobel Laureate Peace Summit in 2012.
Says Zelda Mycroft, mother of Chaeli and CEO of The Chaeli Campaign: „We are appreciative of the support and assistance of the Nordex Trust.“