The Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund hosts its 3rd Enable Workshop

Choosing to focus on one’s abilities rather than one’s disabilities was the overriding theme of the 3rd Enable Workshop held by the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund, which took place in Cape Town from 24-28 November 2014. Fifteen of the Players’ Fund recipients and their carers attended this five-day workshop, which was held at the Western Cape Rehab Centre in Mitchell’s Plain.

Recipients of the Players’ Fund all have one thing in common - the fact that their disabling injuries occurred whilst on the rugby field. These workshops aim to educate the former players of their injuries, inform them of their rights as disabled people in South Africa and introduce them to fellow wheelchair users who they can learn from, with emphasis being placed on taking one’s health into your own hands and setting long term goals.

Lead by Jacques Lloyd, the Peer Support Group facilitated the course professionally and efficiently throughout the week with guest speakers including Occupational Therapist, Elsje Sheffler who spoke about prevention and care of pressure sores and cushions, Mark Schwartz covered the use of equipment and assistive devices. Dr Ersnt Scriba discussed in great detail Autonomic Dysreflexia, a potentially dangerous clinical syndrome that develops in individuals with spinal cord injury, resulting in acute, uncontrolled hypertension. Ari Seirlis – National Director of QASA spoke about the role of QASA and encouraged all the attendees to sign up as members and get involved in the greater South African disabled community. The popular topic of family, relationships and having children was hosted by two Players’ Fund recipients – JP Lugt and Quenton Steele who were fitting presenters as both are C4 complete lesion quads, both have successful careers and families, which they were able to discuss openly with the attendees.

This highly informative workshop, which was hosted in association with the Peer Support Group and the QuadPara Association of SA, enabled our recipients to meet people much like themselves, ask burning questions of the experts and learn how to best manage their own circumstances.