Amasondo Suite

If you are a wheelchair user and want to enjoy an afternoon of sport at the Mr Price Kings Park stadium in Durban, home of the Sharks rugby team, then you are welcome to apply for a ticket in the Amasondo Suite.

The Amasondo Suite has been providing an affordable, comfortable and accessible environment at Kings Park stadium since 1995.

Round Table Cannonball Run KZN 2011

This 2-day 2-night, fun event was a televised charity event with entries from a variety of vehicles (SLK's, Subaru's, Audie's, Porches, Ferrari's, 4x4's,Lamborghini's) that competed in different disciplines, such as a cryptic clue photo rally, an amazing race aspect and other sporting events.

The event is not a race, but a run, in which all participants are equal and everyone had a blast whilst making a difference to the community.

The 2011 run set out from the Toyota Test Track in Eston and drove through to Franki Banana's in Pietermaritzburg where a motorised wheelchair race was hosted. It was then up to the Natal Midlands and onto the Midlands Meander, with an overnight at the Protea Hotel in Hilton. The next day everyone was off to Winterton, and into the Midlands Meander again, with the end point of the Protea Hotel in Hilton.

QASA is the official beneficiary of Cannonball Run events. Round Table members from different areas helped out atthe event, which was supported by various corporates. The money raised funded the donation of five power-chairs (valued at R20,000 each) to QASA.

Wedding Bells

When friends attended Dean Murray's birthday party, in February 2010, Annelize, another friend, accompanied them. They introduced Dean to Annelize and the two got chatting. They clicked straight away: says Dean, "She put her arms around me, giving me a hug. Thatfelt good!"

She stayed by his side as he interacted with other guests and he jokingly introduced her as his girlfriend. "While we were having a drink or two, I wheeled up to her and called her name.She looked at me and I kissed her! That was it! The party carried on until the early morning hours. It was time for her to go home and I did not want to lether go. I knew that I had found my soul mate."

"Now, when anybody asks me how we met, I say that Annelize was my birthday present! We got engaged on 9 October 2012 and got married on 10 March 2012."

Gert Volschenk

10 January 1963 - 15 March 2012.

After his diving accident in the shallow end of a swimming pool in 1981, Gert Volschenk spent his rehab time learning many forms of occupational and physio therapies. After his discharge, he met Peet van Zyl, a mouth painter, and became inspired. Artists like Jane Crowe and Cynthia Ball kindly tutored him and developed his talent. All painters have their preferences. Gert's was water colours, flowers and seascapes, but he also tried his hand at landscapes. In 1987 he joined MFPA and received a scholarship. Also in 1987, this legend of a man opened the Remme-Los house for quadriplegics in Primrose. He left a huge space in our hearts and in our home at Remme-Los and we miss him dearly, but we also know that he suffered a lot at the end and now he can Rest In Peace.

We will always remember you Gert, our father, our friend and brother.

greenABLE grows

greenABLE is an e-waste recycling, Non-Profit Company (still undergoing registration) that specialises in printer cartridge recycling. greenABLE is unique in that they employ previously disadvantaged women with disabilities, preferably women without a matric and with no work experience. greenABLE give women with disabilities work place experience whilst up-skilling them. Each employee is assessed and provided with appropriate training up to matric level.

Our dream is that, after a few years work experience, and with a matricqualification, we will be able to place the ladies in better positions atlarger companies. We hope that greenABLE is the start of their long andsuccessful careers.

To this avail, greenABLE recently employed four new staff. Though preference is given to women with disabilities, the nature of the work dictatedthat we employ one or two men. greenABLE is delighted to welcome Lucky, Nonohlanla,  Elizabeth and Angel to the greenABLE team.

OttoBock recently donated 10 entry-level wheelchairs to QASA, to use as an opportunity to empower people in rural areas to be independent through new mobility.

Griffiths Mnikathi from Mpophomeni, outside Pietermaritzburg, was one of the selected beneficiaries in this project.Griffiths is on the Management Committee of QuadParaAssociation of KZN and makes a huge contribution within this forum. He was truly delighted with his chair and expressed his heartfelt gratitude.