QASA News

Toolkits for Football Fans

Wheelchair users travelling through OR Tambo, King Shaka and Cape Town International airports during the 2010 World Cup received a free wheelchair repair toolkit and Rolling Inspiration magazine.

The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA), Rolling Inspiration and CE Mobility joined forces to keep wheelchair users mobile during the tournament. It was anticipated that football fans’ wheelchairs would struggle with the pace of life, whizzing around supporting their favourite soccer team, and would probably require some small maintenance or adjustment.

At the launch Ari Seirlis, QASA’s National Director, said “This unique project will introduce the Association to the global world and raise international, as well as national, awareness of the plight of many South African people with disabilities. We hope the toolkit will be of assistance, but most importantly, we want people to become familiar with our Association, the work that we do and the support that we can offer.”

The partnership between QASA, Rolling and CE Mobility ensured that wheelchair users travelling through our major international airports enjoyed maintained mobility, an interesting read, and the helpful services of ACSA, Swissport, Bidair and Menzies staff.

The project was supported by ACSA, who distributed the gifts during June and July.

QASA continues to enjoy a good relationship with ACSA, providing training for staff who assist passengers and advice on the management of people with disabilities in airport facilities.

Our helpline, 0860-ROLLING, also offered information on demand to visitors.


DIAL A NERD

As part of their Quad Squad Day commitment Dial a Nerd, a leading national computer company, donated six computers to QASA. The computers were distributed to three self-help centres in the Johannesburg area.

Many quadriplegics and paraplegics, depend on computer technology for skills development and communication.

Phil Case, a quadriplegic himself and one of the owners of Dial a Nerd, and his business partner, Colin Thornton, were thrilled to hand over the first computer at the QASA offices in Edenvale.

Dial a Nerd is committed to maintaining a relationship with QASA in order to ensure that many people with mobility impairments benefit from computer technology.


QASA AGM 2010

The QASA Annual General Meeting 2010 will be held in Durban at the Suncoast Casino on Saturday, 11 September.

Proceedings will commence at 10h00 in the Colony Room at the Suncoast Casino Conference Centre, and all QASA members are welcome to attend.

If you would like to attend the AGM or require more information about the AGM, 

QASA Receives Impumelelo Award

In May QASA members attended the Impumelelo Social Initiative Awards held at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town. These awards are made every year to outstanding public and civil society sector initiatives that are setting the standard and achieving great results.

QASA were proud to receive a merit award for “developing the full capacity of persons with disabilities” which was collected by Raven Benny, QASA chairperson.

Receiving an award from Impumelelo is a great privilege as the awards entail intensive and thorough research into projects and public sector organisations (NGO’s and local government) that benefit society through upliftment, development, poverty and aids alleviation, environmental renewal, climate change mitigation or job creation.


GreenOFFICE

Each year, greenOFFICE, an Office automation Managed Print Service company, host an event at the Barnyard Theatre, Gateway, to raise funds for The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) and the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players Fund.

“The two charities implement empowerment and awareness projects that improve the lives of quadriplegics and paraplegics in South Africa. QASA strives to prevent spinal cord injury, as well as protect and promote the interests of people with mobility impairments with the aim of developing the full potential and quality of the lives of quadriplegics and paraplegics. The Chris Jackson Players Fund assist the unfortunate victims of catastrophic or serious rugby injuries; and develop and implement initiatives that aim to educate, inform and create awareness around rugby injuries which often result in spinal cord injury.”

This year the event featured the show “Diamonds & Dust”, also known as “Under African Skies”.

greenOFFICE thanked their guests for their valued support, “This tribute to South African artists and their music, reminded us of why we are Proudly South African and how far we have come. With the fantastic support of greenOFFICE clients, suppliers, friends and family, this event was a success and raised over R45 000 for the deserving charities! ”

Left to right: Levonne Thurston (Organizer); Ari Seirlis (Director: QASA); Wayne Fyvie (Director: greenOFFICE)


Remme-Los Up Lifted

On the 29th June 2010, Remme-Los Self Help Centre in Gauteng received a new Ricon vehicle lift for their recently acquired Mercedes Benz Sprinter. The lift was donated by Vapor Ricon Europe and was fitted by Mobility One, a local Ricon agent.

The new lift is ideally suited to boarding people with mobility impairments into the van for transporting them to hospitals, meetings, work and social events.

Drive safety is enhanced due to the lift’s unique folding platform which stows away after loading and does not obstruct the driver’s view.

The Remme-Los SHC residents are thrilled with their new lift which is going to be a great help to the residents and community. They unanimously expressed their sincere appreciation to Ricon Europe and Mobility One, for helping to change the lives of quadriplegics and paraplegics in South Africa.


Wheelchairs for Mthatha

Ten members of the QuadPara Association of Mthatha (QAM) received new wheelchairs and cushions in May, facilitated by QASA and funded by PPC. PPC has been a loyal supporter of several of QASA’s projects and is proud to be delivering mobility to people who have been disadvantaged.

Selby Mxoli, QASA’s Outreach Officer in the Mthatha area: “Appropriate wheelchairs are essential for the well-being of our people. This gives them a chance to circulate, socialise and look for opportunities within the community.” Selby’s post is funded by the AngloGold Ashanti Group and it is this work that identified deserving recipients.

QASA is committed to the development of people with disabilities in rural areas and the handover of wheelchairs demonstrate QASA’s ability to deliver.

“Most of our members come from extremely disadvantaged areas, where poverty is rife and opportunities are few,” says Ari Seirlis, National Director of QASA. “Mobility is essential for quadriplegics and paraplegics, and correct seating is important for their health and well-being. Now we can focus on skills development and developing the capacity of these people in order to give them the opportunity to find decent work.”


Final Call

Corrie de Beer (Toppie), a resident at Remme-Los Self Help Centre in Primrose, passed away at the end of May. Fellow residents shared their fond memories of him.

“He was a friend who lived his life to the fullest. He lived a good honourable life, changed our lives just by being part of it, made us laugh and made you believe that there really is good in the world. He convinced us that there are doors just waiting for us to open them.”

“He lived his life by the three R’s: Respect for himself, Respect for others and taking Responsibility for his actions. The loving atmosphere that he created in the home was a foundation for our lives.”

Rest in Peace Corrie - you are gone but not forgotten!

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