QASA Board Training 2012
The full QASA management board participated in Governance and Board training during the last week of January.
This was an opportunity to develop trust, transparency and knowledge. The team now understands the responsibilities and duties of servingon the board of an NGO.
QASA is going to be providing leadership and capacity building opportunities for members through a generous grant from the Momentum Fund.
Buckle Up - We Don't Want New Members
45 members of QASA were deployed during December and January to create awareness, for road users going on holiday, to use their seatbelts in order to reduce the risk of catastrophic injury in the event of an accident or crash. For the past 12 months the project has been funded by BHP Billiton.
The deployed members asked motorists, who had stopped to refuel, to sign a pledge to wear their seatbelts. Signatures were collected and, in return, a license disc sticker with the QASA brand on it was given to pledging motorists.
This QASA road safety project has been going since 2003 and, as well as raising road safety awareness, also provides employment opportunities for QASA members.
QASA uses the opportunity to create awareness around the organisation and awareness of causes of spinal cord injury.
QASA Bursary Fund
One of QASA's main focus areas is todevelop the skills of persons with disabilities with the vision of increasing the employment potential of the individual. Each year QASA allocates funds from its operating budget to pay for members to obtain a qualification in the field of their choice at an institution of their choice.
The QASA bursary fund, the Neville Cohen Memorial Education Fund, was established in 1999 and has aided more than 65 members to further their studies in a range of fields (from HighSchool level to Post Graduate level) and assisted them in obtaining qualifications that have enabled them to enter the South African work force.
During 2011, QASA provided sponsorship for eight students nationwide. These students studied courses in Web Design, Technology, Computer Literacy, Radio Broadcasting, Business Administration, Matric and Honours in Accounting.
QASA member who are interested in applying for a QASA bursary must obtain the support of their regional QuadPara Association, who will forward the request to the QASA National Office for adecision by QASA management.
FAREWELL, OLD FRIEND
19 December 1946-22 December 2011
"Be curious and however difficult life may seem there is always something you can do and succeed at; it matters that you don't just give up" - Professor Stephen Hawking.
For the human race, this thing called life is a tenuous reality that is subject to countless pitfalls, many of which can determine one's longevity on planet Earth. For the spinal-injured person, the odds are immediately stacked against them the minute they enter the new world of physical immobility, whether paraplegia or quadriplegia. For the latter, the quad , life expectancy is severely curtailed. Or is it?
Tom Allan died suddenly, at home on his beloved farm near Rosetta, just before Christmas last year. As South Africa's longest surviving quadriplegic - dating back to 27 April 1968 - he defied all the odds and lived his life to the fullest, right to the end. His irrepressible humour, his tenacity, his boundless energy were an example to all, and I will miss him, as will all who knew him. Although his disability was quite severe, he put his quad and para contemporaries - and those much younger than him - in the shade with his never-say-die attitude and his boundless exuberance. Indeed,I've seen many an able-bodied person fade before Tom called it a day (ornight)!
Our sincerest condolences to his devoted wife, Lynn, brothers Jack and James, and the whole family. Rest well, my friend- till we meet again! "Run, Forrest, run! Run like the windblows!" Fly, Tom, fly! Free at last!- by Dave Rorke