As part of the continued celebrations and honouring National Disability Month, Betway South Africa joined forces with Paralympic star Mpumelelo Mhlongo and the Western Cape Sport Association for the Disabled (WPSAPD), to make a meaningful difference in their communities.
Recognising the important role and overall contribution to sport that athletes with disabilities and administrators continue to make, Betway has proudly committed to lending a helping hand to organisations that aid the development of such athletes throughout the month of November.
Following a successful handover of equipment and gear to the value of R45 000 to the KwaThema Disability Sports Club in Ekurhuleni a fortnight ago, Betway’s generosity was further extended to WPSAPD, when they presented the association with R30 000 worth of equipment in support of their efforts of breaking barriers and creating an inclusive society for persons living with disabilities through sport.
WPSAPD was founded in 2011 and has been providing access to sport opportunities for people living with disabilities through their offerings which include Athletics, Boccia, Powerlifting and Cycling amongst others. The association is also affiliated to the South African Sport Association for the Physically Disabled (SASAPD) who were beneficiaries of the #BetwayCares initiative that saw them receive R75 000 worth of Boccia equipment from Betway.
The leading sports betting and entertainment company’s efforts were applauded by 2019 World Para Athletics record holder, Mpumelelo Mhlongo who was present on the day and worked with Betway to handover the much-needed equipment.
“It gives me great joy to witness global brands such as Betway recognising and celebrating this important month. A number of athletes such as myself are currently preparing for the Tokyo Olympics and seeing such a kind gesture from Betway, that will aid the development of athletes living with disabilities gives me great hope that we will have more athletes from our local communities competing at global events,” said Mhlongo.
Welcoming the donation on behalf of the association was WPSAPD Vice-President, Elze Lamrechts who thanked Betway for being one of the few brands that recognise the importance of National Disability Month.
“WPSAPD would like to express its gratitude to Betway for such a generous gesture that will go a long way in supporting the vision of our association. The work that is done by WPSAPD and similar organisations receives minimal recognition and it takes brands such as Betway to help us be more visible through such great initiatives. The donation will go towards funding our Boccia activities and equipment for wheelchair bound athletes,” said Lamrechts.
Betway SA’s National Disability Month celebrations will continue throughout the month of November with another disability sport organisation set to benefit from the brand’s #BetwayCares initiative during the course of this month.