01 Mar International Wheelchair Day and Its Significance
The 1st of March marks an annual celebration of International Wheelchair Day, which was first launched in 2008. Ten years later, the importance of International Wheelchair Day remains as significant as ever as it sets a reminder and opportunity for wheelchair users to celebrate the positive impact wheelchairs have on their lives. Currently, the growing trend of the celebration and the acknowledgement of International Wheelchair Day continues to receive attention in a global scale. Ever since 2008, the celebrations have taken place in countries including Australia, Nepal, Senegal, South Africa, Bangladesh, Pakistan, United Kingdom, and United States of America.
The launch of International Wheelchair Day roots from the aim to celebrate the effort and great achievement of millions of people who either provide accessibility to wheelchairs or for those who support and care for all wheelchair users themselves. Their determination has made the world a better and more accessible place for people with mobility issues. Moreover, International Wheelchair Day is also aimed to raise awareness and lend in helping hands to tens of millions of people who are in need of a wheelchair, but are unable to acquire one.
The World Health Organisation reports that there could be as many as 100 million people whose mobility depends on the use of wheelchairs, but with a critical figure of only 5 to 15% have access to a suitable wheelchair. Although several charitable organisations are working, as a part of a humanitarian movement, to raise funds to provide wheelchairs for anyone in need, the huge percentage of these people still remains impenetrable. For this very reason, International Wheelchair Day can serve as a crucial occasion to raise awareness of the crisis and draw in advocates whose vision and humanitarianism will make a difference.