On the 9th May 2019, a team of 12 ordinary people will do something EPIC; they will take on an incredible non-stop, 24 hour journey that spans 2,200 km over a 10 day period. The journey will start in Tswane (Pretoria) making its way through the Kalahari, hug the border of Namibia, the Cederberg Mountains and will culminate at the start line of the FNB 12 OneRun in Cape Town on the 19th May 2019, this being the forth OCAL Global’s annual Journey For Change initiatives to challenge and change the perception around disability.
“People are disabled not because of their condition, they are disabled by the poorly accessible world we currently live in. With all of those daily challenges, disability can be something that you create within yourself… that disables you from living a life that’s whole and that’s full and that’s meaningful,” says OCAL Global founder Nicolene Anley.
The new team will no doubt face extreme challenges on their journey – from sore bodies and self-doubt to soaring temperatures and driving rains – but in their darkest hours, they will endure, knowing that their efforts will not be in vain.
The OCAL 2019 JOURNEY FOR CHANGE is not only being run to raise awareness around “disability”, but will also be raising funds for Differently Abled children in the Northern Cape. All these children have physical disabilities most commonly resulting from Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Bifida, amputations, genetic syndromes, spinal injuries and traumatic brain injuries. The necessary funds for his or her immediate mobility and day-to-day living needs, all these funds raised will be used to purchase in consultation with our occupational therapist partners, wheel chairs, walkers, prosthetics, crutches and other requirements.
We will continue to look for funding and partners to continue making a sustainable long term change in the lives of these most vulnerable, precious children.
Because of OCAL, they are not forgotten, not broken, but “Differently Abled” and deserve the right to mobility, health care, education and a brighter and sustainable future.
It will be an EPIC journey for the team, one that will forge new bonds and friendships, but ultimately it will be about challenging a perception that “Differently Abled” people are broken in some way.
OCAL Global’s mission and aim is to ensure that a physical and active environment is created for everyone and is proud to be associated with PUMA and DSC Attorneys for this year’s OCAL Global Journey for Change.