The Chaeli Campaign does amazing work through their fight for the rights of children with disabilities in South Africa.
Their achievements are notable in many respects – see its history and the personalities involved by visiting their website (www.chaelicampaign.co.za). On the occasions I have engaged with them, I have been energised by their enthusiasm, determination and single-minded focus on meeting the needs of this very vulnerable and too-often ignored sector of society. We should all be proud of their achievements, driven by Michaela herself, her mother Zelda and the rest of their team. But it’s more than that. We should also be inspired by their tireless efforts to impact the lives of children with disabilities, to the extent that we all resolve to do likewise, to the extent we can and with what we have, to those with needs around us, instead of ‘waiting for government’ to do so for us. We should stop ourselves from turning a blind eye.
I tabled a motion (below) in Provincial Parliament of the Western Cape, drawing Parliaments attention to their most recent achievement “Teen honoured for activism” – an award for social activism, received at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. I was pleased to see it accepted by the whole House.
“I move without notice that this house congratulates Michaela Mycroft and all family, friends and staff at the Chaeli Campaign based in Plumstead, Cape Town, for being the first recipient of the Medal for Social Activism at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in the US, awarded to her on 25 April 2012 by former president FW de Klerk in Chicago for the fight for the rights of children with disabilities in SA, which she and her family, friends and staff at the Chaeli Campaign have fought for since 2004; this after receiving the coveted International Childrens Peace Prize in The Hague in 2011 and, before that, the Shoprite Checkers / SABC 2 Woman of the Year award in 2005.”