QASA held its Annual General Meeting at the Mandeville Sports Club in Johannesburg. Members of the regional associations, regional representatives, QASA staff, and management travelled from all over the country to attend. All the regional associations delivered annual reports of their achievements and challenges over the last year. Thereafter QASA’s CEO, Ari Seirlis, delivered his report, which everybody found to be motivational and inspiring. He expounded on the principles for which QASA stands, and the lobby and advocacy work, which makes QASA unique.

The attendees had the opportunity to watch DVD’s presenting Rolling Inspiration and Driving Ambitions. The Mandeville Sports Club treated everyone to a delicious kebab lunch. The Quadriplegic and Paraplegic Charitable Trust of South Africa also held their AGM on the same day, just before the QASA Management Board meeting. Those attendees who did not attend these meetings were entertained with fun games organised by the host region, Gauteng South. All had an enjoyable day.

Another successful driving candidate

Thabiso Molopo, an amputee, joined our Driving Ambitions program to achieve his goal of getting his drivers license and thereby gaining some more independence.

In Thabiso’s own words, “My first day driving, I felt quite nervous because I wasn’t familiar with a converted car. I’ve never driven a car before. So the whole experience was amazing. I enjoyed each and every moment of the time I was practicing.” Well done Thabiso on passing your drivers test!

Another awesome Driving Ambitions success

Tefo Osekeng, a double amputee, took to driving like a duck to water and after just 10 lessons in our Driving Ambitions vehicle, adapted with hand controls. Tefo passed his driving test on his first attempt, an outstanding achievement. Well done Tefo!