It’s hard to imagine CEOs and top-level influencers as vulnerable or helpless. They are powerful players in the South African economy; they rule their organisations and guide them towards success. But what if these CEOs were wheelchair-bound and reliant on others for their every daily need?
This is the focus of the Little Eden Society Annual CEO Wheelchair Challenge. Geared towards meeting the needs of advocacy and support for people living with profound intellectual and physical disabilities, the campaign challenges participants to spend a day at work in a wheelchair. This gives participants some understanding of what it could be like to spend their entire life in a wheelchair.
Participants in the 2020 CEO Wheelchair Campaign found the experience to be both rewarding and eye-opening. They developed a deeper understanding and compassion for those who live with disabilities.
Rikus Immink, Multotec CEO of South Africa Operations spent his day on the 11 March in a wheelchair.
For the third year, Multotec has participated to help raise funds for the Little Eden Society and to create awareness of mobility challenges faced by individuals with profound intellectual and physical disability.
to being able to contribute to Little Eden, this experience allows Multotec to evaluate our facilities and take steps to improve accessibility for all staff and visitors to our premises.
“A wheelchair view of Multotec:”
At 28 Forge Road, I experienced that the door was too narrow to get through. My knuckles took a real hiding. Spring closing door and welding curtains cannot be opened without assistance. Access in the office – it’s a problem to move around desks. There are not enough working surfaces within easy reach, and my knees battled to move underneath the wash basins in the bathrooms.
Factories like MWL – downstairs was completely inaccessible. I either needed assistance or ramps need to be installed.
At 54 Steel Road only the HR department, Convention Centre and the factories are accessible. The rest of the office was inaccessible and the bathrooms are not disability-friendly.