Wheelchair bound paraplegics are now able to enjoy the taste of freedom and the joys of diving at the Miracle Waters Dive Getaway, thanks to a generous sponsorship by Pioneer Plastics and Plastics|SA.
Situated just outside Brits and surrounded by the beautiful Magaliesberg mountain range, Miracle Waters is an old open cast chrome mine that has been transformed into a large, clear diving lake filled with fresh spring water. Although the resort had paved paths leading to the lake, two plastic rotational moulded jetties now makes is possible for paraplegics to fully access and enjoy the facility. A toilet facility for disabled people, buoys and recycling stations were also generously sponsored by Pioneer Plastics.
Speaking at unveiling of the new facilities this past weekend, said Douw Steyn, Sustainability Director of Plastics|SA: “Physical activity is very important for paraplegics, and diving is one of the few sports that allow them to freedom from their chairs. We are very honoured to be part of this exciting initiative as part of our Berg-2-Beach project.”
Sporting five training platforms, Miracle Waters is the perfect place for recreational divers of all levels. Steyn, an avid diver and a qualified diving instructor, used the opportunity to highlight the fact that 80% of marine litter is land based.
“We want to encourage all South Africans to help keep the country clean - from the mountains to the oceans. Water is our most precious resource and our water sources need all the protection they can get. We hope that this project will help to raise awareness amongst sportspeople using rivers and dams for recreational purposes that is vitally important to keep our environment litter free. Even litter that falls from our hands hundreds of kilometers away could end up in one of our dams and rivers and find its way to the ocean. If used properly, however, plastics are incredibly versatile and makes it possible for them to enjoy their sports,” Steyn said.
For more information, visit www.miraclewaters.co.za or www.plasticsinfo.co.za