On 17 July, the QuadPara Association of South Africa opened a day-care centre built alongside the Tokologo house in Protea Glen, Soweto. QASA national director Ari Seirlis welcomed guests including QASA chairperson Jakkie Pieters, Erica Warner and Conrad Hoensen of Pick ‘n Pay, Pastor Shakes, Ronel Jessen of Jessen Dakile, property developer Dr Alf Levin, and Amor Malan and Piet De Wit from QAGS. Picture: Ari Seirlis and Ernest Tsipa accept the R1.8 million cheque from Pick ‘n Pay’s Erica Warner.
Erica Warner handed over a cheque for R1.8 million raised by QASA’s Quad Squad Day campaign. Dr Alf Levin also handed over a bunch of cheque donations to Tokologo house chairperson Ernest Tsipa, and told guests he had secured parcels of land from nearby developments to build housing, a sports facility and factory shops.
Ari Seirlis thanked all the VIPs for their efforts and assistance in raising the funds so vital to empowering disabled people. “This is the 12th year of QASA’s association with Pick ‘n Pay, so relationships are important to us,” he said. He explained how funding received from organisations like Alexander Forbes Community Trust was used to build community centres with income generators, to teach skills and create a transport infrastructure; to teach people to drive. “QASA is a powerful organisation. The country is a lot better off for us being around.” Ari concluded with an apt Chinese proverb: “It is not our feet that move us forward; it is our minds.”