The SBS Group, SBS Tanks, SBS Energy and SBS Global Solutions would like to thank the SBS clients, suppliers, staff, friends and family who supported the 2023 SBS Wheelchair Challenge. The campaign, which has been run for the past three years, was once again a great success, with fundraising exceeding the target set, increased stakeholder participation and more awareness created.
For the third year in a row, the CEO of The SBS Group, Delayne Gray spent 14 hours of his day in a wheelchair on 30 March 2023, as part of the Little Eden CEO Wheelchair Challenge. This included attending a breakfast meeting at a local restaurant where Gray tested out the accessibility of bathroom facilities for wheelchair users – finding them impossible to navigate.
The fundraising target for the 2023 SBS Wheelchair Challenge was set at R200,000 and thanks to the generosity of SBS supporters, was exceeded again this year. In 2021 the target of R30,000 with fundraising efforts closing out at R88,000. The 2022 target, set at R120,000 proved no challenge, with supporters rallying to raise R190,000. This year, we were once again astounded by the generosity of our SBS supporters which resulted in a total of R366,197 in cash, direct donations, wheelchairs and equipment achieved.
Part of the SBS DNA is to #BuildforBetter. As a result, SBS challenged staff, clients, suppliers and stakeholders to get on board with the challenge again this year. The SBS Wheelchair Basketball Challenge, hosted at the SBS Tanks manufacturing facility in Durban, South Africa, saw 12 teams compete against wheelchair basketball teams from the eThekwini Spears and eThekwini Warriors. Learners from Westville Boys High, DJs from East Coast Radio, staff from beneficiary Made for More, from SBS, suppliers and clients got on board to experience the challenge of playing basketball in a wheelchair.
The event has become a highlight of the SBS calendar, with SBS staff getting involved to clear a section of the factory, prepare the court, serve refreshments and cheer on the sidelines, as well as play in the matches. Suppliers, family and friends also join in what has been described as both a fun and eye-opening day.
Thank you, once again, to all who participated in making the SBS Wheelchair Challenge 2023 a huge success. We look forward to bringing you an even Bigger and Better event next year, raising awareness and funds to Build for Better for people living with limited mobility.
Watch a short video of the SBS Wheelchair Challenge 2023.
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