The Western Province Blow Darts Association held their end of season presentation and prize giving ceremony recently. For the first time ever, seventeen new trophies withmedals were handed out to the players in recognition of their achievements.
Despite encountering various logistical challenges this year, the Association are now confident of moving in the right direction. With a total of forty-five active members, half of whom are wheelchair users, the Association is committed to developing the sport between the able bodied and people with disabilities.
Currently the Blow Darts Association has six Cape based teams, and are hoping to reach eight teams in the new season. Once funding is in place, the Association plans toexpand membership to other provinces and to take Blow Darts to a nationallevel. Blow Darts is open to anyone who enjoys having fun and participating in a team.
Patrick Botto, chairman of Blow Darts thanked the players for their passion and commitment tothe sport. He also thanked QASA for their sponsorship of the trophies and support over the last few years.
QASA looks forward to watching the new season kick off in October and wishes all teams the best of luck.
Save Petrol, Ride a Quad!
One of the most famous quadriplegics known to us, the late Christopher Reeve, actor, film director, author and activist, is quoted assaying: "A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."
This could certainly be applied to the men and womentaking part in Quads 4 Quads coming up in September. About 600 quad bike and motorcycle riders, including several quadriplegic and paraplegic riders on adapted quads, will take part in the eighth annual Quads 4 Quads in an event that has made a remarkable difference to the lives of quadriplegics andparaplegics in South Africa.
Quads 4 Quads was started by a small, off-road holiday business called Family Adventures, run by Glenn Foley and Corinne Andrews, whochose QASA as the beneficiary of this fundraising ride.
Ari Seirlis, the national director of QASA, as well as other well-known quadriplegics, including Phil Case, the financial director of Dial-a-Nerd, will be participating in this year's event. This will be the 6th time Ari is participating on his adapted Yamaha 700 Grizzly ATV and Phil's second in his Polaris RZR side-by- side.
The down-run to Durban kicks off from Carnival City, Jo'burg at 09h00 Thursday, 29th September ending at Cane Cutters in Ballito Sunday, 2nd October. The up-riders leave Thursday, 6th October arriving at Carnival City 9th October.
Riders cover about 250km over eight hours each day, which is challenging for able and disabled riders. The event is a family ride which encourages everyone to get involved, whether they're helping at the daily reststops or joining the riders off-road.
The ride showcases the spirit of QASA, and people with mobility impairments, by proving that a physical disability does not affecton's ability to endure and be the best you can be. QASA is responsible for setting up skills development programme, employment projects and independent living opportunities to allow quadriplegics and paraplegics to integrate into mainstream society with equal rights.
HILLSTREAM BEVERAGES CONTINUES TO FLOW
It has been some years since RollingInspiration caught up with Pam Hill, the owner of Hillstream Beverages. Pam, a T12 paraplegic, supplies an excellent service to corporate companies by delivering good quality, SABS-approved, still and sparkling mineral water in 330ml,500ml and 1.5 l bottles. A finalist in the 702 competition, Hillstream collaborated with another finalist, Hlangane Recyclers, who recycle Hillstream's plastic bottles. Over the years, QASA has endorsed Hillstream's GREAT WATER at a GREAT PRICE, and receives a portion ofall sales.
Pam was happy to share some comments from Hillstream's customers:
Spoor & Fisher: Spoor & Fisher is a boutique, intellectual property law firm with a worldwide presence. Its profile in the marketplace is based on integrity, transparency, quality service and attention to detail.
It is precisely these qualities that have characterised Spoor & Fisher's experience of Hillstream water. For the past wo and a half years, Hillstream Beverages has supplied Spoor & Fisher with specially branded bottles of mineral water. Throughout this time, the service experience has flowed flawlessly, with the product always sparklingly transparent. Hillstream Beverages has also assisted Spoor & Fisher tocontrol its environmental impact by collecting all empty bottles for recycling.
A bottle of water may seem like a tiny detail, but Spoor & Fisher places its own brand on Hillstream's water products with complete confidence that it will form part of the overall client experience."
Swissport: "Two thousand flight movements per a month, tens of thousands of passengers and hundreds of staff help to contribute to the success of Swissport South Africa at King Shaka International Airport. In our pressured environment, quality and efficiency are the key to a successful operation, hence we chose Hillstream Beveragesas our supplier. A huge factor in choosing Hillstream is the close working relationship with QASA and the contribution Hillstream makes to this association. We share the same passions that Hillstream shares in regard to the challenges faced by persons with reduced mobility, and it is our responsibility as a company to contribute and support Hillstream and QASA."
ACTOM: "ACTOM stakeholders, customers and staff have been enjoying Hillstream mineral water, branded ACTOM, for some time now. Apart from being high-quality water, it has provided ACTOM with a branding opportunity that has been commended by a number of visitors to our boardroom. ACTOMstaff are proud of their brand, and drinking "ACTOM water" - helps to developbrand awareness even more!"
QASA: Ari Seirlis, National Director of QASA, has been quoted saying "QASA is proud to be associated with Pam Hill, an energetic entrepreneur."
So if you, your company, organisation, recreational club or school are looking for GREAT WATER at a GREAT PRICE for an even GREATER CAUSE,
ROUND TABLE CANNONBALL RUN SETS NEW RECORD
The Round Table Cannonball Run Africa held in August proved to be a great success with the teamfrom Round Table managing to raise R250 000 in cash for the QuadPara Associationof South Africa (QASA) and handedover a cheque worth R125 000 for medical equipment to the Rob Ferreira Hospital in Nelspruit.
This is a record amount raised for charity during the Cannonball Run.
Round Table was also able to purchase a new fully fitted vehicle which will. help to teach quadriplegics and paraplegics to drive.
The annual three day event by Round Table Sandown, sees entrants drive their cars to an unknown destination, in this case Nelspruit, with the help of clue books. On route they have to find the answers to questions and also take part in motoring events or fun events such as clay pigeon shooting. All the marshals working on the event are tablers or past tablers their wives and partners.
A total of forty-nine cars entered this year's event and some of the exotic vehicles o nshow included: Two Audi R8s, two Mercedes Benz SLS AMGs and a host of Porsches and Subarus.
Money is raised in three ways: Firstly through donations at the Gala dinner on the third evening of the event or through the auctioning of Cannonball Run memorabilia. The third and final way is by having contestants paying "fines'" for various transgressions over the three days in the form of Cannonball Run dollars. The dollars are purchased before hand and during the event.
Round Table are looking forward to the10th anniversary of the Cannonball Run Africa next year and hope to once again raise a huge amount for charity. Special thanks must also go to the sponsors RCA, Investment Cars and Hi Q, the associated sponsors, as well as the tablers in Nelspruit & Barberton who supported the event.
Luzuko, one of the DRIVING AMBITIONS driving candidates has just passed his driving licence. We are extremely proud of him and this project is gaining tremendous momentum. Congratulations to the team for changing the life of this wonderful young man.