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News 2017

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QAWC Newsletter October – December 2017Farewell to Jenny Hendry

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Farewell to Jenny Hendry, the CEO of the WCRC

Jenny Hendry, The CEO of the Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre, the facility that so many QAWC members access specialised services at, will be retiring on 31 December 2017. On 1 December 2017 colleagues, friends and officials from the Department of Health were invited to pay tribute and say farewell to Jenny. Jenny oversaw the difficult task of transferring the services offered by the then Conradie Hospital to the WCRC and under her leadership the WCRC has gone on to become recognised as a world class facility offering vital specialised services to the community. Jenny became passionate about rehabilitation when she herself was recovering from a very serious motor vehicle accident and that passion drove her to challenge conventional ideas and ways of doing things. Anthony, the QAWC project manager and chairperson of the Facility Board of the WCRC was among the guests who gathered to recognise and thank Jenny for the awesome contribution that she has made over the years. QAWC thanks Jenny for the positive impact she made on the lives of so many of our members and wish her all the very best for her retirement.

Cricket Time@PPC NewlandsCricket Time@PPC Newlands

Summer has arrived and so too has the 2017/18 cricket season. QAWC is excited to report to members that we have been given the use of a suite at the stadium for the 11th consecutive season. For the last 10 years members enjoyed watching cricket from a suite on the 5th floor of the Oaks Pavilion on the northern side of the stadium. Many happy hours were spent shouting for the Proteas and the Cobras from the suite over the years. However, the lifts in the Oaks Pavilion deteriorated to the point that they became unreliable which has prompted the authorities at PPC Newlands to move the QAWC suite. Our new home at PPC Newlands will be situated on the southern side of the stadium on the 3rd floor of the Presidents Pavilion in Suite P317. The new suite has a stunning view of the ground and is conveniently situated across the corridor from an accessible bathroom meaning that members won’t miss too much cricket when a bathroom break is required. Some lucky members have already attended T20 matches in the new suite and we look forward to watching many hours of world class cricket from our new suite. The QAWC office has circulated the season’s fixture list and dates to phone to apply for tickets to all members. We look forward to hosting you in Suite P317 soon!

Raising Awareness on the Garden Route

Raising Awareness on the Garden Route 1All Wheelchair Users will have had to deal with awkward and inappropriate behaviour of well-meaning members of the community at some stage. Whether it is having someone speak to you very slowly to make sure you can understand what they are saying or having them speak to the person that is with you instead of directly to you, we all had to deal with behaviour of this nature. QAWC believes that the best way to combat this is by raising awareness about disability and Raising Awareness on the Garden Route 2in particular wheelchair users amongst learners at schools.  In partnership with the Department of Social Development, QAWC visit schools every year where our team of wheelchair users share their stories with the learners. The team, which has now visited well over 100 schools across the province, educate learners giving them the knowledge they require to break down barriers and treat wheelchair users like any other member of the community. On 6 & 7 November our team visited schools in Mossel Bay, Riversdale & Albertinia. QAWC is pleased to report that the team was well received and the learners and staff who attended our presentation provided us with very positive feedback. As the learners in the schools are our future architects, builders and leaders, we hope that they will now be more aware, understanding and accommodating of the needs of wheelchair users.

New Look QAWC Team featuring a KangarooNew Look QAWC Team featuring a Kangaroo

QAWC have a new team member with a funny accent… All the way from Down Under (Australia) our volunteer Lowri Williams comes to us from the Australian Volunteers International (AVI) program and will be working with the team as a Project Coordinator for one year. Lowri comes to us with experience from the disability sector in Australia, where she has worked as a disability support worker, in case management, and in transitioning the way funding is allocated within the sector. We asked her, why did you want to come to the most beautiful city in the world? She responded “I’ve been looking to develop my skills in project coordination internationally for quite some time. My end goal is to work in International Development.  It’s really exciting to have the opportunity to be in Cape Town (which is such a gorgeous city) and have the opportunity to learn from the QAWC team. My colleagues are wonderful, the team is very dedicated and hardworking, it’s just generally a wonderful environment to be in and I really look forward to coming to work!”  We are very excited to see what Lowri will achieve over the next 12 months with us.Have you seen us on… FACEBOOK?!

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QAWC have launched a brand new Facebook page with information about supports, upcoming events, good news stories and more…. We want to make this Facebook page great for you so please tell us what types of things you would like to see.  Want to feature on our QAWC Facebook page? Make sure you Like and Follow us for a chance to tell your story. We LOVE featuring our members. Follow us today at https://www.facebook.com/qawcza or search for the QuadPara Association of the Western Cape/ #qawcza.
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International Day for Persons with DisabilitiesInternational Day for Persons with Disabilities 1

International Day for Persons with Disabilities fell on Sunday 3rd December this year, so the City of Cape Town Department of Social Development celebrated with the city by hosting an event on Wednesday 6th December. The event was held at International Day for Persons with DisabilitiesOliver Tambo Indoor Centre in Khayelitsha and was attended by hundreds of organisations, schools and individuals with disabilities.  This year, the theme was “Talent Show” and was an opportunity to showcase all the abilities and wonderful talents of those with varying disabilities. Performances ranged from singing, to dancing and even acting. The QAWC team attended the event, manning a stall to raise awareness of the programs we run and networking with other organisations. Although hot, it was a great day for showcasing the abilities of those with a disability, raising awareness, and meeting new like-minded individuals!

Launch of the DSD Disability Forum in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha with Epilepsy SA

In October the DSD launched two disability forums in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha. Launch of the DSD Disability Forum in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha with Epilepsy SAQAWC have been participating in these forums along with DWDE, Epilepsy South Africa and SASA and the local ward councillor. These forums are an excellent opportunity to motivate and inspire individuals with a disability, create awareness of disability in the local community and inform the local community about disability specific supports. QAWC have shared personal challenges of having a disability, and the team’s own stories and accomplishments. The empowering sessions are also an excellent opportunity to check your general health and wellbeing – you can test your sugar levels, HIV status and more… make sure you head along to the next one in your local area.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page to see when the next forums will be happening in January!

QAWC Digital Village Upgrade thanks to National Lotteries Commission (NLC)

Christmas came early for the QAWC Digital Village. Thanks to NLC we have been able to upgrade our Digital Village computer lab with 6 new computers to be used by our Learners in 2018. 

In 2017, QAWC hosted over 200 Learners at our Digital Village computer training course at regional offsite training in Paarl and Guguletu, and at our office in Durbanville. “2017 was a great year!” Anda Mthulu, Digital Village trainer commented, “thanks to QASA, we have been very fortunate to have our Intern, Babalo. He has been invaluable to us this year, and his willingness to learn inspires all our participants.”  The Digital Village has also had a great success with “many of our Learners transitioning to Learnerships”.  We look forward to using our new computers and meeting many more new Learners next year.

Have you completed the Digital Village Computer Training? Do you have some feedback for us? Email us at admin@qawc.org or send us a message on the Digital Village Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/QAWCDV/

Road Safety Buckle Up CampaignRoad Safety Buckle Up Campaign

Throughout December and January, Cape Town is fully in silly season mode, with motorists driving off on holidays, having Christmas drinks and many more exciting activities. Unfortunately this is the period in the Western Cape where there are many road injuries.  That’s why on the 8th and 9th December, five QAWC members and two assistants spread the message “Buckle Up! We don’t want new members”. Over the two days, our members sat at the Winelands Engen Garage on the N1 highway, and stopped members of the public to chat about road safety, and pledge that these individuals would wear their seatbelts and drive safely! For each pledge made, members of the community were provided with a license disk for their car with this slogan, to remind them to “Buckle Up!” This year we received 219 pledges! QAWC would like to remind all members, and their families to please “Buckle Up” every trip over this festive season.

Don’t Dive!

If you visit the beautiful Harmony Park Resort over the festive season, you may see six men wearing very brightDon’t Dive! yellow shirts. For what reason you may ask? They are promoting QAWC’s Don’t Dive! Campaign. The majority of this team, living in the Strand, became quadriplegics when they severely injured their necks diving into the tidal pools at this resort. As a result, they take this opportunity to wear bright colours, share their personal experiences with the community and pass on the important message Don’t Dive! QAWC is very proud of the fact that no catastrophic spinal injuries have occurred while our brightly coloured team have been on duty!

Office Closure

The QAWC management board and staff would like to wish you all a very safe and happy festive season.  Our offices will be closed from the 21st December 2017 and will reopen on the 8th January 2018.

Happy Festive Season

July to September header 2017

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QAWC Newsletter July – September 2017

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Old Mutual Volunteerism Award

Over the years volunteers have played a huge role in growing QAWC, ensuring good governance and taking the organisation forward. One of our current volunteers, Richard Barron, had the contribution that he has made and continues to make to QAWC acknowledged at the prestigious Old Mutual Volunteerism Awards held at Mutual Park on the 7th September. Richard was one of the 3 finalists nominated for the CEO’s Volunteerism Award, with recognition in particular given to Richard for the role that he plays in the QAWC Awareness Campaign. Richard, who was one of the runners-up on the night, proved to be the most popular of all volunteers, with people at the awards ceremony voting Richard as the most popular volunteer across all the categories. Congratulations to Richard for receiving this recognition and a massive “Thank You” for the contribution that you make to QAWC and the positive impact that you have on our members.

Visit to schools in Vredendal

QAWC members often tell stories about the lack of understanding and general ignorance that exists about July to September 2017 pic2wheelchair users in the community and in an attempt to rectify this QAWC, in partnership with the Department of Social Development, run an awareness raising campaign that sees QAWC visit schools across the province. In the last quarter we visited 2 schools in Vredendal where our team shared their stories with the learners. The reaction of the learners to our team was remarkable and one was able to see a change in attitude towards the wheelchair users in the team almost immediately. Our visit to Vredendal was extra special as the 1st school that we visited this time round was also the 1st school that we ever visited as part of this campaign in 2008. We have subsequently visited well over 100 schools reaching tens of thousands of schoolchildren. The team also spent time in the special needs class at one of the schools which was memorable for the warm attitude and loving nature of the children in this class.

Consultation with DSD

In August QAWC was requested to attend a consultation with the National Department of Social Development July to September 2017 pic3regarding the new assessment tool that will be used when assessing people for their disability grants as well as a proposal around funeral benefits for grant recipients. The new assessment tool that will be rolled out shortly promises to improve the whole process of applying for a disability grant and should reduce the period between applying for a grant and receiving it. The person with a disability’s dignity is also more likely to be retained and respected throughout the process from now on. The organisations present were also consulted about the long-term plan to introduce funeral benefits for grant recipients. While the discussion that took place is very much the 1st of many steps in the process, if and when implemented, this service will benefit people with disabilities tremendously. QAWC was pleased to be able to give input and be a voice for our members on this platform.

Talking disability at Durbanville Mediclinic

We often receive complaints from members about the way in which they are treated when accessing healthcareJuly to September 2017 pic4 facilities. In our experience there are issues with both private and government healthcare facilities and unless one is at a specialised unit the majority of staff, including doctors on many occasions, don’t know how to adequately take care of our needs. With this in mind, QAWC welcomed the opportunity to do 2 training sessions with staff at the Durbanville Mediclinic which focused on the needs of people with disabilities when they are in the hospital environment in particular. Our team shared the regular complaints and issues that are experienced by our members when they utilise hospitals, be it as inpatients or outpatients. While we were able to provide delegates with a lot of information during the three-hour long sessions, there is still much information that needs to be shared to ensure that the staff at hospitals have the necessary skills to properly assist and accommodate people with disabilities. The sessions that we held with the staff members were valuable and we hope to have similar, more in-depth sessions like this at more hospitals around the province.

SAPS VredendalJuly to September 2017 pic6

The South African Police Service Vredendal Cluster invited the QAWC Project Manager and team to speak at their Disability Awareness Day that took place in Vredendal on the 31st August. The event was attended by over 120 policemen and women from areas in and around Vredendal. The July to September 2017 pic5QAWC speakers shared their own personal, individual stories with those present and the QAWC Project Manager made a presentation about disability, sharing some “dos and don’ts” and generally sensitising those policemen and women present about the ability that people with disabilities have. The event was a tremendous success with the positive feedback received from those who were present overwhelming. Many of the people present remarked that they had their “Eyes opened” during the presentation and we look forward to people with disabilities in this area being treated appropriately and assisted by police officers who now have an understanding of people with disabilities.

Breadtags for Wheelchairs – 10 year anniversaryJuly to September 2017 pic7

This phenomenal organisation celebrated 10 years of changing people’s lives through the innovative programme which sees people collect the polystyrene tags from loaves of bread, vegetables etc at a function held in August. The breadtags are collected and sold to the Polystyrene Recycling Council where they are recycled and turned into seedling trays and other products. This project depends on voluntary coordinators who rally their communities to collect these breadtags for the cause. Some of these volunteers were honoured at the 10 year anniversary function, with the youngest volunteer just 7 years old, proving that we are all capable of making a difference in our community. In the 10 years that this initiative has been going, over 2000 wheelchairs have been distributed to people in need, clearly showing the power of people working together. QAWC was asked to say a few words at this event and was impressed by the drive and determination of the people who work tirelessly to ensure the success of this project. Anyone who would like to become a coordinator in their community please contact the QAWC office so that we can point you in the right direction.

Casual Day 2017April to June 2017 pic8

Casual Day 2017 took place on Friday the 1st September around the country with QAWC members and staff embracing the theme which was to “Celebrate Diversity”. A number of QAWC members took the opportunity to support the organisation by selling stickers while at the same time raising additional funds for themselves. We received tremendous support from some schools and corporates, all of whom got behind the campaign in support of organisations that offer support and services to people with disabilities. While the final figures have not yet been calculated, all indications are that this year’s Casual Day was a resounding success. Our sincere thanks and gratitude to all members who got involved, we look forward to even more of you supporting this campaign in 2018.

International Spinal Cord Injury Day

With 5 September being International Spinal Cord Injury Day QAWC made sure that the day was marked by participating in 3 separate events. The 1st took place in Montagu and saw our team make a presentation to theJuly to September 2017 pic9 learners at the Montagu High School, placing emphasis on this year’s theme which was “Yes We Can.” The 2nd event saw members man an awareness stand on Hospital Street at Groote Schuur which included an exhibition and demonstration by a mouth painter. This awareness drive created quite a stir and raised a lot of attention, with literature about spinal-cord injuries being distributed to those who stopped to engage with team members. The 3rd activity on the day saw Babalo, the QAWC intern, accompany a therapist from the WCRC on a visit to 2 schools in Khayelitsha. At these schools learners were taught how to prevent spinal-cord injuries and also told about what wheelchair users can achieve after a serious spinal cord injury. All in all the day was a massive success with a lot of awareness about spinal-cord injuries raised.

QAWC & QASA AGM’s 2017

During the last quarter both QAWC and QASA held their Annual General Meetings. The QAWC AGM, which was July to September 2017 pic10attended by approximately 34 members, was held at the Andries Olivier Durbanville Quadriplegic Centre.  As it was a non-election year no elections were held, however, the QAWC Chairperson, Treasurer and Project Manager all presented reports on what was a successful year. The QASA Chairperson and CEO were both present and addressed the members, with both complimentary to the QAWC team for a successful year. There were some areas for improvement identified and suggestions on how to improve were made. 

The QASA AGM took place in Umhlanga at the Gateway Hotel on 16 September. As well as the annual reports QASA board developmentpresented by the Chairperson, Treasurer and CEO a number of constitutional changes were proposed. All of the proposed changes to the constitution went through at the AGM. The 1st meeting of the new QASA Board took place after the AGM and at this meeting Norman Wright who is from Gauteng South was elected as Chairperson. Our very own Richard Barron was elected to the position of Vice Chairperson, with Michael Hall from KZN being elected as the new Treasurer. If you would like to receive any of the reports that were tabled at either of the AGMs please contact Anthony in the QAWC office and he will make sure that you receive them.

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Disability Sensitisation Training with Dial A Ride staff

QAWC were appointed by HG Travelling Services, the operator of the City of Cape Town’s Dial a Ride, to conduct disability sensitisation training sessions with all drivers and call centre staff who work on the program. The QAWC April to June 2017 pic2team focused on the correct way to speak to and behave when interacting with people with disabilities. The training focused on a number of different disabilities and had some practical elements which saw the Dial a Ride employees  themselves experiencing what it is like to be loaded into a vehicle using a wheelchair hoist while seated in a wheelchair. Emphasis was put on the attitude and approach required when dealing with and assisting people with disabilities and QAWC hope that users of the service will benefit from an improved service.

Raising awareness in MontaguApril to June 2017 pic4

The QAWC team which consisted of 4 wheelchair users, 2 assistants and a driver travelled to Montagu and Ashton as part of the Department of Social Development funded awareness April to June 2017 pic5program that has just entered its 3rd year. During our time in this area, our team visited 3 schools, speaking to learners ranging in age from 7-18 years old. The learners thoroughly enjoyed the presentation from our team and marvelled at the artwork that was done by team member Brenton Swartz who is a mouth painter. The wheelchair dancing skills of Anda Mthulu & Babalo Pholose were also very popular and our team enjoyed a fantastic reception and ovation at the end of each presentation.

Computer Training at the QAWC Digital Village

Over the last 3 months we had a total of 42 wheelchair users attend computer classes at our Digital Village. TheApril to June 2017 pic7 Digital Village, which has now been offering computer literacy training to people with disabilities for 5 years continues to be very popular with those who attend. And, our computer trainer ensures that those who attend leave with new-found skills that can act as a 1st step towards delegates finding employment. QAWC collects wheelchair users from various areas on a daily basis, bringing them to the Digital Village where they can acquire vital skills. If you or a wheelchair user that you know would like to attend the computer literacy training please contact Anda on 021 9756078.

Welcome to BabaloApril to June 2017 pic6

QAWC is delighted to welcome Babalo Pholose to our team. Thanks to QASA and the HW SETA, QAWC had the opportunity to appoint an intern for a year-long internship. After a thorough process Babalo has been appointed and has wasted no time in fitting into the QAWC team. Babalo spends a lot of his time assisting with training and administration of the Digital Village and also assists with administration work related to QAWC projects. We look forward to watching and assisting Babalo to grow and develop over the coming months.

Predischarge visits at WCRC

In an attempt to expose their clients to some of the services, programs and projects available for people withWestern Cape Rehabilitation Centre disabilities in the Western Cape, various therapy departments of the Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre (WCRC) have arranged for QAWC to pay regular visits to the WCRC to ensure that each wheelchair user receives firsthand information about our organisation before being discharged from the WCRC. Our team speak to the newly injured individuals and share information not only about the programmes, projects and services that QAWC and QASA offer, but also share tips, information and experiences. The WCRC clients always ask a lot of questions and leave knowing where and how to access QAWC services, programs & projects.

Casual Day

We are fast approaching one of our favourite times of the year when we celebrate our disability and participate in the annual nationwide Casual Day campaign to raise funds for organisations that offer support to people with disabilities. QAWC is excited to once again be involved in this fantastic initiative and will be going all out to make April to June 2017 pic3this year’s campaign the biggest and most successful yet. Casual Day will be held on 1 September this year and we look forward to all our members getting into the spirit of the campaign. We call on you, our members to throw your weight behind the campaign and assist by selling the campaign stickers. Stickers will once again cost R10 and members will be allowed to keep a percentage of each sticker that they sell. So get your thinking caps on, make contact with your local schools, your church, your workplace or anywhere else you can think of and get them on board for Casual Day. Please watch your inbox for e-mails with more information about how you can become involved and benefit from selling stickers in this year’s Casual Day campaign.

QAWC AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the QuadPara Association of the Western Cape (QAWC) will be taking place on 22 July at 11 AM at the Andries Olivier Durbanville Quadriplegic Centre situated at 18 Hafele Street, Durbanville. AsApril to June 2017 pic8 this year is a non-election year, the QAWC Board will take the opportunity to give you, our members, feedback on our activities, successes and challenges of the last 12 months. The QASA CEO, Ari Seirlis, will also take the opportunity to speak to QAWC members, share QASA news, activities and issues and interact with members. Refreshments will be served after the meeting and we look forward to welcoming as many of our members as possible to this year’s AGM. If you plan on coming to the AGM please RSVP to Esme on 021 975 6078 or by e-mail to qawc@telkomsa.net

QAWC Highlights January to March 2017

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QAWC Newsletter January – March 2017
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Building Ramps & Pathways with British Airways

In December 2016 and January 2017 QAWC were able to improve the lives of 12 of our members in a very real and lasting way. After identifying members who ramps pathways pic2had difficulty accessing their homes independently we made use of funds received by QASA from British Airways to build ramps and pathways to ensure that these members could access their homes easily and independently.  Each site was assessed and the QAWC team set out to create an environment that would be easy for a wheelchair user to negotiate.  The thank you letters received from our members who benefited from these ramps and pathways is evidence of the impact that this project had on their quality of life. Our sincere thanks to British Airways and QASA for making this project possible.

Speaking about Nutrition

speaking about nutritionQAWC was invited to address third-year dietetic students of the University of Stellenbosch about the nutritional requirements of people who have spinal cord injuries. The students were informed of some of the health challenges faced by people after having a severe spinal cord injury and how the risks associated with these health challenges can be reduced foods toeatthrough eating and drinking correctly. The students learnt about the food types that people with spinal injuries should consume as well as those that should be avoided. The importance of a healthy diet in combating pressure sores, bladder and bowel complications and heart disease was emphasised to the students who are now aware of the diet a person with a spinal cord injury should follow to maintain a healthy body.

Representation on the WCRC Facility Board

Western Cape Rehabilitation CentreThe Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre (WCRC) continues to be a vital institution that many members depend on for assistance and advice relating to their disability. The Western Cape MEC for Health recently appointed a new Facility Board of the WCRC to act as an overseer of the WCRC. Anthony Ghillino, the QAWC Project Manager was appointed and subsequently elected as chairperson of this board.  Members who make use of the WCRC are encouraged to forward positive and negative experiences at the WCRC to Anthony. QAWC is pleased to be represented on this board which ensures that the voice and expectation of the WCRC by our members will be heard.

Care Attendant Trainingcare attendant training 2017

Many of our members rely on carers to assist them with their daily routines and there can be no arguing about the positive difference that a well-trained carer has on the life of the person they assist. With this in mind, QASA developed course content aimed at improving the skills of the carers of people with spinal cord injuries.

care attendant training 2017 pic2In partnership with the Road Accident Fund, QASA hosted Care Attendant Training sessions around the country. On 9 March a total of 62 carers of people with spinal cord injuries in the Western Cape attended this training in Durbanville. The facilitator, René, a nursing sister who specialises in wound care, put the attendees through their paces, sharing a large amount of relevant and important information on how to ensure and maintain the good health of people with spinal cord injuries. The carers who attended left with newfound knowledge on how to improve the level of care that they offer to their client.

Casual Day Show and Tellcasual day 2017

A small team from QAWC attended the annual Casual Day “Show & Tell” breakfast which was held to report back on the highlights of the 2016 campaign and to announce the theme for the 2017 campaign. Awards were also given to the best performing companies and NPOs and people who had gone the extra mile in support of the campaign.  While ticket sales in 2016 were very similar to the sales in 2015, it was pleasing to see the amount of money that South Africans contributed towards improving the lives of people with disabilities. Casual Day will take place on 1 September this year and will call on South Africans to “Celebrate Their Diversity.” Watch this space to find out how you can get involved in this year’s campaign.

A Feast of Cricket at PPC Newlandscricket at newlands 2017

Cricket loving QAWC members made the most of a busy cricket schedule and taking the opportunity to see The Proteas participate in all 3 formats of the game in the space of 2 months. Unfortunately the demand for tickets from members far outweighed the number of tickets that were allocated to QAWC which meant that a lucky draw to decide who would receive tickets was done. Those fortunate enough to have their names drawn got to enjoy the festive atmosphere that PPC Newlands always delivers and got to witness top-class cricket firsthand.  Although we now share our suite with other guests of the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) we remain extremely grateful to the WPCA for the opportunity that they provide to our members to enjoy their favourite sport in a safe and comfortable environment.

Wheelchair Users Race in GeorgeWheelchair Race in George

The annual OCC that is held in George in February has become a highlight on the calendar of many wheelchair users across the country. QAWC members are no different and look forward to participating in this event every year. This year saw QAWC receive a record number of requests to the QASA Sports Fund for financial assistance to attend and participate in the OCC. We assisted a total of 75 QAWC members to line up on this year’s start line. QAWC members who participated had various levels of mobility, with some using power chairs, others needed to be pushed with some members able to propel themselves. The spirit and camaraderie amongst those who participated was something to witness and by all reports this year’s event was a massive success and enjoyed by all who attended.

Disability Sensitization Training in Mpumalangadisability sensitization training 2017

Early January saw a team from QAWC travel all the way to Mpumalanga where they had been asked to conduct disability sensitisation training with staff at The Ridge Casino. In total 270 employees attended the training who had their perceptions about what disability is and what people with disabilities can/can’t do changed for ever. Employees learnt how to interact and engage with people with disabilities and given information that will make them more confident when dealing with people with disabilities. The activities, which saw delegates spend time negotiating obstacles using a wheelchair, experience difficulty speaking and simulating being blind and assisting a person who is blind, proved to be particularly popular and most importantly informative. Although it was a tiring week the impact made on those who attended the training made it all worthwhile.

Chocolate Delight

chocolate delight 2017 pic1In an attempt to generate much-needed funds for QAWC, an Easter raffle was held. Tickets costchocolate delight 2017 pic2 Jesica’s granny a very affordable R5 and QAWC called on members to support the organisation by selling raffle tickets on our behalf. A big thank you to each and every member who took a raffle sheet and assisted in raising funds for your organisation. A heartfelt thank you too to James & Maureen Trichardt for donating the awesome prizes. The raffle was drawn on the 27th March with the lucky winners being Mikhail Frans and Jesica Ruiters.  Thank you to all who supported this fundraising initiative, we really appreciate your involvement and assistance.

Mikhail’s dad (left) and Jesica’s granny (right) posing with the Easter Bunnies won by Mikhail and Jesica.