The Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) recently donated an imported beach wheelchair made from PVC pipes to Cross Home Care in the Western Cape. This act of kindness forms part of the association’s commitment to the environment and community.
Delanie Bezuidenhout, CEO of SAVA says the wheelchair, imported from the US, is the first of its kind in South Africa. It is made of medical grade PVC, has non-corrosive plastic bearings and high flotation heavy duty wheels, allowing the physically disabled to access the water and providing better mobility over unpaved areas.
‘Physically disabled people find it quite challenging to move around on the beach, never mind reaching the water. They are usually confined to the paved areas around the beach. This PVC beach wheelchair has the ability to take them all the way to the breakwater,’ Bezuidenhout explains.
The balloon flotation tyres allow for stability and easy rolling. The wheelchair can be taken into the seawater because it is made with a high-quality UV protected PVC frame.
It will not chip, peel, rust, fade or discolour and can carry a weight of 115kg.
‘We have many community members who are wheelchair bound. Thanks to this novel beach wheelchair, we will now be able to allow them to experience the joy of experiencing the beach and the ocean. The use of the PVC beach wheelchair will be free of charge and we would like to invite anyone who is interested in using the beach wheelchair to contact me and book the PVC beach wheelchair for themselves or a loved one for their next beach adventure,’ comments Sister Tertia Scholtz, the owner of Overberg based Cross Home Care.