Ubank changes the lives of 30 individuals and their families in Mbhashe community, living with disabilities

Independent mobility is vital for the restoration of dignity to people living with disabilities. In the Eastern Cape’s Mbhashe Local Municipality, more than 100 people living with disabilities are confined without any means to move around.

Ubank has responded to this need and will be donating 30 wheelchairs during a Wheelchair Handover Ceremony set for this Friday March, 8 at TRC Hall in, Dutywa.

“Dignity and a good quality of life cannot be taken for granted, especially where we are able we make an effort to restore these values to people across the country,” says Ubank CEO, Luthando Vutula.

He says as part of the Ubank’s commitment to its customers and the need to uplift its surrounding communities, Ubank was partnering with the local municipality in their mobility initiative following a request from the Mayor, Mr. Samkelo Janda.

“This donation by Ubank is an effort to try and facilitate a better life for the beneficiaries and their families. Mobility is vital for anyone whose movement is impaired. The ability to move without requiring aid from another human being makes a difference in a person’s psyche and image of themselves,” says Vutula.

The Mayor’s office did a needs-analysis across its community to determine the most deserving candidates to receive this gift of an enhanced life.

Janda says: “This donation will make a big difference in our community. The number of immobile people with this need will be cut down by at least 30% through this donation alone, and that has huge impact.

“It is important for us as a municipality to create a conducive environment that allows for the participation and inclusion of people living with disabilities in our community.”

Janda says as society, we cannot depend solely on government to meet these needs, organisations also need to step up to assist those most vulnerable across the country, hence our collaboration with Ubank.

“This donation by Ubank may not meet the number of people in need, and for that we need to try and get more assistance. However, there are 30 more people and families in our community whose lives and future prospects look better today than they did yesterday. To us, that is progress,” says Janda.

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Anne Williams, Public Relations, Communications and Events Manager at 011 518 5000, or email anne.williams@ubank.co.za

About Ubank

Ubank is a well-established financial services provider entrenched primarily within the gold and platinum mining communities. Its mandate to service the broader working market in South Africa has become imperative in order to extend affordable financial services and to provide the workers with a bank they trust.

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