Adjusting the wheelchair for its new owner
One of our volunteers from this year being thanked by Max
This was a chance to say thank you, with all the Social Village team congratulating our volunteers on all their efforts this year. As you may be aware, the culture here places a lot of emphasis on presentations, speeches, certificates, big events and having fun together, all of which were included! The celebration atmosphere was complete with games, songs, dancing - and, of course, drinking tea.
Those with disabilities and their parents also congratulated and thanked the volunteers, with many warm and touching words. "We love life, and don't see disability as a sentence," one of them said. "We love spending our free time with our friends. We want to be seen as equal members of society. A massive thank you to the Social Village and the volunteers, whose work is priceless. Their sincere friendship gives us confidence in ourselves."
Another very happy owner takes a test drive
One of the highlights of the day was presenting a number of wheelchairs to children with varying degrees of disability. This was a hugely important event for each of these kids, whose lives will now be much less restricted.