The Christian Leadership Group, a student wellness group hosed a wheelchair rugby exhibition matches on the 8th of May 2018 at the Central University of Technology, participating in these matches were the Free State Mustangs, Bloemfontein Celtics and the Free State Cheetahs for their community outreach programmes in order to raise awareness about disability, improve the health and quality of life for people living with disabilities, and most importantly give them support by helping them participate in sports programmes at Telling Special School.

CUTis’ Product Development Technology Station unit, known as PDTS, helped manufacture affordable rugby wheelchairs to address skills development for people living with disabilities, especially the unemployed youth here in SA. Mr. Jared McIntyre, who is a Mustang rugby player expressed his excitement and appreciation for CUT for hosting the event and supporting them in raising awareness on behalf of those living with disabilities. He said, “Because these special chairs are expensive, I saw niche to come up with the cost-effective solution and manufacture locally. I got in contact with CUT PDTS, and it has been a fantastic journey for the past two years. I believe that there are still great things ahead and we are excited about the opportunities. Currently, we are working with Towelling Special School to ensure that this sport grows and carries on in South Africa. Our goal is to touch on the lives of more children, establish school leagues and draw players that can compete with us in the national leagues. I plan to also develop national athletes from Mustangs and the Free State and have as many athletes playing nationally. My dream is to see South Africa in the top 10 Paralympics games soon.”

The event was a great success all thanks to CUT and its supporting units. Now Mr. McIntyre wishes to see the rest of the industries getting involved as well as the government, providing athletes with sponsorships and support in administering the sport properly in order for it to grow in popularity for the youth in South Africa.

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