Rolling Ramps

Last issue we mentioned Andy Smith's lightweight and portable ramps but forgot to include the pictures!

Extravaganza

16 December was celebrated in style in Gauteng. Danielle van Eck came across RI's article on the internet about costly music events and decided to put on a show that we could attend!!

Says Danielle, "I published a page on Facebook. Hundreds of artists contacted me to take part. Producer, Reinhardt Massyn, helped me with the eliminations and final selection of artists."

Hayley Gowar was injured in 1994 (C6+7), does not have an appropriate wheelchair and is dependant on oxygen, so she spends her life on her bed! Peter Baxter, who was involved with the extravaganza spoke to Wayne Grindell, of Emer-G-Med. He very kindly provided an ambulance and two paramedics, Jason and Gary to transport Hayley to the venue and back and care for her while she was there. She loved every minute, "It wasAWESOME!!"

As Danielle is new to this scene,and had forgotten to invite a performer with a disability, QASA's Ari Seirlis did the honours on his harmonica. All of the performers were brilliant!

Says Danielle, "The Christmas Extravaganza brought so much joy and happiness not only to the people with disabilities, but also to all those involved in making it possible, that it will be an annual production."

Senecio FunRun 3 March 2012

Senecio is proud to present its fourth annual Fun Run. The event will take place on Saturday 3 March at the Lourensford Wine Estate, Somerset West. One of the aims of this year's event is to have more people with a variety of disabilities from different communities take part in the fun run. This is in line with Senecio'svision to make a positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities and their families. During the previous Senecio Fun Run in 2011 twenty six people with disabilities participated in the event. We aim to double the number this year.

Walkers and Runners have a choice between 5 and 10 km. The longer,10 kilometre route includes some challenging hill climbing, where as the shorter route is easier and suitable for all ages. As it is a working farm no dogs areallowed, but exceptions will be made for working dogs. The route provides a rare treat as you go through vineyards alongside the Lourens River with breathtaking views of the Helderberg Mountains on the one side and the ocean onthe other. Water will be available on the route.

Wheelchair users using offroad chairs are welcome to complete the 5km route followed by the walkers and runners. This gravel route contours through the orchards and vineyards with a comfortable downhill towards the finish. For wheelchair users in day chairs and power chairs, there is a paved and tarred route available through the beautiful wine estate which follows a different course and is flat and easy.

Gauteng Committed

At the 3 December 2011 celebration ofInternational Day for Persons with Disabilities the Gauteng Province reaffirmed their commitment to the disability sector.

The Premier renewed the commitment that 3 out of 10 houses built by the Gauteng government must be accessible for, and allocated to, people with disabilities. These houses will also be as close to all amenities as possible.

The Gauteng Premier congratulated the Airports Company SA on renewing its partnership with the Office of the Premier regarding the supply of wheelchairs and other assistive devices for learners with disabilities to the total cost of R500,000.

In November the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation show-cased games for people with disabilities and ensured accessibility for people with disabilities at all new sports venues and some of the older ones as they are refurbished. A sports day was held for allof the Gauteng public sector rehabilitation units. The therapeutic benefits of sport are endless. What better way to retrain balance and strengths, whilst having fun?

The day made one realise that the Minister of Health's emphasis on prevention has to be supported. Most of the 80 patients that attended had received their injury during the 4 months prior to the event. The rehabilitation sector will take the message of prevention further in the next year.

Thanks to Gautrain patients from the spinal unit at Dr George Mukhari enjoyed a trip on the Gautrain from Hatfield to Rosebank. Gautrain sponsored 20 tickets for patients and staff for the trip. A huge compliment has to go to the staff of the respective stations. They were incredibly helpful and did all in their power to make the outing a huge success.

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