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Betway makes another donation

17 Nov 2020

Mpumelelo Mhlongo addressing athletes of the Western Province Sports Association for Physically Disabled.

By Annette van Schalkwyk

As part of the continued celebrations and honouring National Disability Month, Betway South Africa joined forces with Paralympic star Mpumelelo Mhlongo and the Western Province Sport Association for the Physically Disabled (WPSAPD) to make a meaningful difference in the communities in the Cape Town Metro.

Recognising the important role and overall contribution to sport athletes with disabilities and administrators continue to make, Betway has committed to lending a hand to organisations that aid the development of athletes with disabilities throughout November.

Following a successful handover of equipment and gear to the value of R45 000 to the Kwa-Thema Disability Sports Club in Ekurhuleni recently, Betway’s generosity was further extended to WPSAPD when they presented the association with R30 000 worth of equipment.

WPSAPD was founded in 1963 with the founding of the Western Province Regional Council and has been providing access to sport opportunities for people with disabilities through their affiliated clubs and LSEN schools.
A variety of sports is catered for and includes athletics, Boccia, powerlifting, goalball, para-dance and junior para-cycling.

The association is affiliated to the provincial structure, WPSAPD and to the national association, namely the South African Sport Association for the Physically Disabled, the latter being a beneficiary of the #BetwayCares initiative that saw them receive R75 000 worth of Boccia equipment from Betway.

The sports betting and entertainment company’s efforts were applauded by 2019 World Para Athletics record holder in 100m, 200m and long jump Mhlongo, who was present on the day and worked with Betway to hand over the much-needed equipment.

“It gives me great joy to witness global brands recognising and celebrating this important month. A number of athletes are preparing for the Tokyo Olympics and seeing such a kind gesture from Betway that will aid the development of athletes 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 chairperson Elze Lamrechts-Malherbe, 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. It takes brands such as Betway to help us be more visible through such great initiatives. The donation will go towards funding our Goalball and CP Football activities and much-needed equipment for our para-athletes,” said Lambrechts-Malherbe.

Source: Kathorus Mail


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