The Quad Squad got a helping hand from the public and raised just over R2 million in sales of the Quad Squad Helping Hand.
QASA has an annual fundraising campaign which it presents to the public through Pick 'n Pay, branded Quad Squad Day and this campaign raises money for development projects within the association.
This year bright coloured hands were sold for R10 through the Pick 'n Pay stores and the public responded beyond all expectation.
The campaign was complemented by a SMS campaign which raise a further R20 000.00 for the cause. Quad Squad Day campaign runs in February/March every year and is in its 10 year with the Pick n Pay family.
Quads 4 Quads is an annual charity off-road adventure run over four days between Durban and Johannesburg. Anyone who rides an ATV, off road motorcycle, side by side or big trail bike can take part in the event. The trail is not technical and is off road the whole way through. The organisers take care of all of the meals, camping and backup for the entire event. The youngest rider so far was 10-years-old; the oldest was in his seventies.
The event is used to raise funds for QASA and since its inception in 2004, over 450 riders have taken part, raising approximately R520 000. This year organisers are aiming at raising a minimum of R350 000 for QASA. 50 wheelchairs will be donated to communities all along the route from Durban up to Johannesburg by the participants, thus mobilising the communities en route. This year's event takes place from 28 September to 1 October.
Safety is taken very seriously during the event and in case of an accident Netcare 911 sends along two ATVS for the duration of the trip, with a backup emergency vehicle in attendance. The Netcare hospitals and network is on standby for the duration of the event.
Last year MAN Trucks sponsored a truck and driver for any breakdowns. The organisers have vehicles on the trail in case of emergencies, but it is recommended that participants have one backup vehicle per family.
The organisers arrange for an emergency workshop at each stop. Obviously serious breakdowns will have to be loaded up. The motorcycle dealerships in each town will be on standby.
The entry cost per rider is R1850, of which R1000 will be donated to QASA, and an additional fee of R600 for back up.
The price includes all meals, camping fees, medical backup, a commemorative tee shirt and a ride of some note for four days.