Twenty-five MVA Fund claimants who are wheelchairs users as a result of serious injuries caused by road crashes were treated to a fun-filled day of activities in the coastal town of Swakopmund on the 29th of November 2019.
The 10th edition Wheelchair Fun Ride event which is part of the Fund’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme on social rehabilitation is geared towards creating awareness and raising the profile of the social and physical challenges that road crashes can cause, whilst highlighting the concerns of people with disabilities.
Since its inception in 2009, this event features on the MVA Fund’s annual calendar and for this year, 2019 it was celebrated under the theme “Roll with me, as I re-discover my life differently-abled.” Affirming the Fund’s role in supporting seriously injured patients, MVA Fund’s Chief Executive Officer Rosalia Martins-Hausiku, stated that “the Fund’s ultimate aim is to help you redefine your daily struggle, from one of struggling to cope with impairment, to that of a courageous journey towards regaining a meaningful life and returning to work or independence in the shortest possible time.”
Statistics recorded by the Fund indicate that the ratio of persons injured in motor vehicle crashes is 233 per 100,000 populations, affecting mostly passengers, drivers and pedestrians. In 2018 alone, 201 persons suffered serious injuries which include traumatic brain injuries, poly-trauma, and spinal cord injuries. “These injuries involve a change in practically all, if not most, aspects of life, leaving affected persons immobile, and requires adaptation to an unexpectedly changing environment – from being self-sustainable to being dependent on others,” said Martins-Hausiku while encouraging the participants to believe more in themselves as disability does not mean inability.
Besides the fun-ride and an early Christmas lunch, the Fund took this opportunity to also interact with its customers to better understand their challenges. The claimants expressed their appreciation for the noble work done by the MVA Fund to ensure that those affected by crashes are well taken care of.
As we enter the festive season – a time when road crashes are rife and lives are lost on our roads, the Fund implores on all road users to be extra vigilant, considerate and exercise patience as they operate the roads to prevent loss of lives during this time of joy and celebrations.
The public is requested to report all road traffic violations and unsafe situations to 085 127 300 or send a text to 941. In case of a crash, call the Fund’s Accident Response number at 081 9682.