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Avdira: beach access to Persons with Disabilities and cleaning equipment

To enhance the quality of life for the people of Avdira, in the summer of 2017, TAP helped build a special SEATRAC ramp to facilitate beach access for Persons with Disabilities (PwD). In addition, TAP donated equipment to clean the surrounding coastline and improve environmental management in the area. The investment was implemented via TAP’s partner, the Network of Social Solidarity, and amounted to a total of more than €100,000.

 

The SEΑTRAC mechanism was installed at the "Leukippos" beach in Avdira, close to the local Vocational Education and Training School for Persons with Disabilities; a primary school for PwD; as well as a special school for the blind.

The mechanism is comprised of a seat that moves on a rail, allowing persons with mobility impairments to swim in the sea independently or with the help of a carer. Taking a holistic approach, TAP also helped to build a wooden access passage, changing rooms, and a shower. 

The representatives of local PwD associations described the installation as "one of the most significant initiatives implemented in the area" and a necessity for them. The ramp "allows people to enjoy the sea and entertain themselves, train and socialise," while offering them "accessibility, security and dignity – all basic human rights."

€100,000+ investment

As for the cleaning equipment, it consists of a special vehicle used by drivers of the municipal technical services to clean and maintain local beaches.

The Mayor of Avdira, Giorgos Tsitiridis, as well as the representatives of local PwD associations, thanked TAP for implementing a much-needed project for their community; a project promoting social inclusion and integration, as well as the area’s natural beauty.