Prevention & Awareness
QAWC is constantly raising awareness about people with disabilities and trying to prevent the injuries from occurring. A prevention and awareness campaign in partnership with the Dept of Social Development. Our team of wheelchair users have visited every single Dept of Social Development Office in the Western Cape and has seen us travel to towns across the Western Cape including Vredendal, Beaufort West, Oudtshoorn and George.
As part of the campaign we have spoken at numerous schools. During these presentations our team highlights the cause of spinal-cord injuries and also discusses the reality of living with a disability with the learners. At each school a learner is selected to negotiate his/her way to the school office in a wheelchair. This exercise has proved to be an invaluable tool to illustrate the problems of accessibility which are faced by wheelchair users on a day-to-day basis.
In addition to our presentations at schools and Dept of Social Development Offices we have also deployed a team of four members at the Harmony Park Resort in Strand. Each member of this team living in Strand and became quadriplegics when they severely injured their necks diving into the tidal pools at this resort. In years gone by there has been an extremely high level of spinal-cord injuries suffered by visitors to the Harmony Park Resort.
On selected days during the December and January period our team sit at the Harmony Park Resort and make the public aware of the dangers of diving. Our team members talk to visitors to the resort and share their own personal experiences. Pamphlets are distributed urging people not to dive and highlighting just how dangerous diving actually is. Our team members monitor the pools and approach any individuals that they see diving into the water.
QAWC is very proud of the fact that no catastrophic spinal injuries have ever occurred while our team has been on duty.