The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) held the strategic plan review in Johannesburg on 27 February. Creative discussion, forward planning, values and shared value were discussed and the vision and mission of QASA realignment.

QASA is moving forward:

Vision: All South African Quadriplegics & Paraplegics will live their lives to their full potential.

Mission: To improve lives by securing resources to advocate, educate, capacitate, support & mobilise.

Wings for Life

Local personalities challenge South Africans to join a global adventure in aid of curing spinal injury

On 3 May 2015 in Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africans of all ages and abilities, as well as a host of local personalities, will join the world for the Wings For Life World Run – running one race for those who can’t.

Giniel de Villiers (Dakar 2015 2nd place finisher), Gugu Zulu (rally champion), James Dalton (Springbok rugby player), Pieter du Preez (C6 quadriplegic super-athlete and Ironman), Ryan Sandes (ultra trail runner), Vanessa Haywood and Hlubi Mboya (actresses and distance cycling enthusiasts) make up an eager squad of ambassadors challenging South Africans to join a global adventure, and get running.

One hundred percent of entry fees go to the Wings for Life Foundation, a non-profit organisation that funds research and clinical trials to find a cure for traumatic spinal cord injury.

The Wings For Life World Run is the only race in the world that has no finish line, catering to participants of any running ability. Instead, a ‘catcher car’ chases down runners, ending their race as the car overtakes them. This allows each runner to set his or her own finish goal for the event. One could run as little as 5kms or, if quick enough to stay ahead of the catcher car for long enough, 50+ kms.

Uniting runners in 35 locations on five continents, the Wings For Life World Run is also the only race that is run simultaneously wherever it is held. Starter guns fire at precisely the same time worldwide, setting off participants in darkness and daylight, in rain, snow and sunshine. The very last runner to outlast the catcher cars, wherever where they are, is World Champion.

Locally, the Wings For Life World Run is proudly supported by two influential South African organisations, both firmly believing that finding a cure for spinal cord injury would significantly improve the lives of thousands of our citizens. The QuadPara Association of South Africa and the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Player’s Fund play an integral role in increasing spinal cord injury awareness in South Africa, and advocating for the care of those affected with injuries, as well as their families.

Call to entry

All South Africans, whether professional racers or exercise enthusiasts, are challenged to enter the 2015 Wings For Life World Run. This year, wheelchair participants can take part and team entries have been introduced so that groups of friends, relatives and colleagues can race together.

South Africa’s Wings For Life World Run begins at 13:00 SAST on Sunday, 3 May 2014, at Boschendal Wine Estate in Franschhoek, Western Cape.

Entries close on 26 April 2015.

Follow the conversation on your favourite social channels with the hashtags #WingsforLife #WorldRun and #mygoal

Nokthula joins the team

We are very proud to welcome Nokthula to the QASA team.

She was with us for 12 months on the HW SETA workplace experience internship and has now joined us full-time as an admin assistant in the QASA head office.

SAVRALA GOLF DAY SUPPORTS DRIVING AMBITIONS

Driving Ambitions, a project of the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA), are proud to be the beneficiary of the SAVRALA Golf Day who donated R73 000.00.  This project is a driver training program for people with disabilities who need adaptation in vehicles to get their driving license and thereafter, new found freedom and mobility. This contribution will fund driving lessons for 14 Quadriplegics and Paraplegics.

The SAVRALA General Manager, Sandile Ntseoane thanked its industry  members for their generosity on the day and was very pleased that both the car rental industry and its vehicle suppliers were able to give back to such a well aligned and deserving beneficiary as Driving Ambitions. Ntseoane encouraged members to ‘continue supporting Driving Ambitions beyond the annual golf day’. He continued that the ‘successful Driving Ambition candidates in time will become both valuable vehicle manufacturer and car rental customers.

Dr Cival Mills

27 September 1974 - 3 April 2015

“Cival you are gone from this earth but never forgotten. Your writings will be read by many people with disabilities and you will continue to inspire and make people push their boundaries. You were a perfect example of someone who took what they had and made the best of it. I will never forget the huge smile on your face on Quads 4 Quads, on your adapted motorbike astounding us in the manner in which you tackled those crazy obstacles from Johannesburg to Durban.

Thank you for leaving us with lots of challenges. Thank you for inspiring us. Thank you for showing us courage and incredible strength. Thank you for smiling so much. On behalf of all of the members of QASA, thank you for being a leader. Oh, Send SUPERMAN our best wishes, now he’s got some competition up there” - Ari Seirlis CEO QASA.

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