The Star Early Edition - 2021-11-25


Miss Wheelchair SA to be held in Cape Town next month


THE first ever Miss Wheelchair SA is set to be held at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town next month when 10 finalists, selected from many entries across the country, will battle it out for the crown, strutting both their personality and good looks. The Artscape Theatre will host the event in partnership with Universal Accessibility Hub at the Artscape Opera House on December 2. Miss Wheelchair South Africa is crafted with the aim to change the perception, narrative and image of disabled women in South Africa. With the principles of leaving no one behind, which is in line with the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals and under the auspices of the Presidential Working Group on Disability. The glamorous event is aimed at creating awareness around the theme “Beauty without Barriers” and to start the journey for the newly crowned Miss Wheelchair SA to represent South Africa at Miss Wheelchair World in Mexico in October 2022. Artscape chief executive Marlene le Roux added: “The building that houses Artscape is celebrating its 50th year. It opened as the Nico Malan on May 19, 1971, for whites only. As democracy dawned and the name changed to Artscape circa 1999, a transformation journey commenced to demystify the building as a home for all. “This event thus succinctly ties into our ethos of promoting full inclusivity, including persons with disabilities.” Tickets (R100 each) are available and can be booked at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-seat 021 421 7695. Tthe proceeds are being directed towards funding Miss Wheelchair SA’s attendance at the global event. |


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