A new branch of QASA's Eastern Cape operation (QAEC) was recently launched - the QuadPara Association of King Williamstown. What an amazing and motivated group of people led by Zingisa Magalela, a quadriplegic as a result of a rugby injury!
This informal group will work with QAEC to develop QAEC membership and expand projects and services to people in this Border area. Congratulations QAEC and to QAEC's Zolani, and his team, who have been instrumental in outreach programmes.
QASA on the Move
The QASA Head Office recently secured new premises at 17 Hamilton Crescent in Gillitts, Durban. We shall continue to use our present telephone and fax lines which are Tel: 031-767-0348/52 and Fax: 031-767-0584. We are very excited about our move and look forward to spending many more happy years in our lovely new office!
QASA is honoured to have been the beneficiary of the annual Cannonball Run, now in its 10th
The Round Table Club of Sandown 150, are the owners of this event and Ross Creighton leads the organising and coordination of this amazing four-day, cryptic car rally around South Africa.
QASA was very proud to be the recipient of 12 pressure care mattresses from Respiratory Care Africa (RCA) and a cheque from the Round Table Club of Sandown 150 for R131,000!
The Cannonball Run brand is now well established and there is a provincial event in KZN that also raised R100,000 for QASA in February of this year.
Funds raised via the Cannonball Run are used to support the vehicle needs of QASA. We have purchased a VW Transporter that has been fitted with a hoist and tie-down system, for the safe transportation of wheelchair users.
QASA remains extremely grateful for the relationship with the Cannonball Run and the Round Table Club of Sandown 150.
On 12 august 2012 Brian Joffe, CEO of Bidvest, called on all Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town staff to take part in the Bidvest Unity walk. The company committed to "walk for those who can't" and for every 75 staff members who did the 10km walk, Bidvest would donate one wheelchair.
Members of QASA gathered that all three locations to join the staff of Bidvest who celebrated the opportunity to do something for people who do not have the same ability as themselves.
By the end of the day, Bidvest made a commitment to QASA for the donation of 217 wheelchairs. QASA will now be deploying the wheelchairs into rural areas and involving Bidvest staff in the handovers.
Thank you very much to everybody from Bidvest for participating. This was a wonderful project and has opened the door to a new relationship between QASA and Bidvest.
Photo L-R: Joseph Machweu, Ari Seirlis, Brian Joffe, Anton Engelbrecht, Douglas Coetzee
Public transport options are unfortunately still fairly limited but getting behind the wheel after you've had a few drinks should never be an option. BuDDys is a membership based designated driver system that provides you with a chauffeur when you need one to get you and your car home safely and they have named QASA is a beneficiary of this project.
With buDDys you can relax and enjoy yourself while you're out and about, knowing that you've got a buDDy on standby to get you home safely when you need one.
Mouth Painting's What it takes!!!
Few of us will ever understand the dedication and determination that it takes to master the art of painting; to do it with your mouth is astonishing! QASA is proud to again showcase the talents and works of 5 of our mouth painters – individuals who have dared to realise their dreams thereby inspiring many. Their efforts are world class and to be applauded.
JJ Bezuidenhout is a quadriplegic in an electric wheelchair who expresses his artistic talent by painting with his mouth. Residing in the prime ecotourism area of Hluhluwe, Kwazulu Natal. JJ is inspired by the diverse nature and wildlife of this region concentrating on wildlife and birds as a subject. He also enjoys other subjects and works with acrylic paints and sketches with pencil.
Brenton Swartz has been a quadriplegic for 13 years, having been injured in a shooting accident. He started painting in March 2000 and continued until he started to study architecture. After working from home for a while however, the frustrations were great and so he started painting as a career again in February 2008. Brenton feels he has passed his expectations. He enjoys the challenges presented by mouth painting and is proud to be able to sell the work that he creates so as to be self-supporting.
James Direro was born in the township of Evaton in Gauteng. He became a quadriplegic when he was shot by a friend. James says that he became interested in mouth painting after joining QASA where he saw other quads painting with their mouths.
Musa Zulu was born in KwaZulu-Natal in 1971. After matriculating in 1988, he obtained an honours degree in Humanities at UKZN. During his honours year he worked as a Junior Lecturer and Tutor in the Sociology Dept. In September 1994, he joined Tongaat Mushrooms as a Senior Personnel Manager, with a view to a career in HR Management. However, on 20 April 1995, he was involved in a motorcar accident, which left him paralyzed. Musa is married and the father of his precious daughter, Swazi Tando-Lena Zulu.
Martin Soddoms was born in 1974 in Voelklip, Hermanus where he completed his schooling. After studying security management he worked for Sprin Patrols. Early '96 he got a clerical job at a private clinic, Medicross - Kraaifontein. That same year, he broke his neck in a driving accident and permanently injured his spinal cord. I moved to House Andries Olivier in Kuilsrivier and was later introduced to mouth painting, which he now pursues as a career.