INVERCARGILL-BASED not-for-profit group Koha Kai was handed the keys to a 10-seater van with a wheelchair hoist thanks to Hoamz Real Estate, the primary sponsor and organiser of the project along with several other Southland businesses last week.
Hoamz general manager Fergus Hosie said Koha Kai founder Janice Lee talked to Hoamz staff as a guest speaker and left a mark on everyone there with her story, passion and her vision.
“Janice told us she was going around in her own vehicle picking up members of the Koha Kai team,” he said.
Mrs Lee said getting a van with wheelchair access was the highest priority.
“When we first started we weren’t able to have people in wheelchairs, so this is giving us the opportunity to be fully inclusive for everybody. Now when the weather is not good it doesn’t matter – we can pick them up. It is also a social aspect because these guys now get to travel together and have fun together when they are not working. It is about building those relationships and it is a culmination of a dream for us,” she said.
Koha Kai helps disabled Southlanders become engaged in the community and gain skills needed for paid employment.