Archives 2017

14 Years of Quads 4 Quads

This is the 14th year of the event and QASA is a very proud and humble beneficiary.

We provide projects, products and services for quadriplegics and paraplegics to ensure that we give our members the best possible activities and opportunities to be able to integrate into society and live their dreams.

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Casual Day Awards

QASA, with the support of our Regional Associations and all the people and companies who supported us, won the  
award for Best Performing NGO for selling the most stickers for Casual Day in 2015.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and look forward to Casual Day 2016 on 2 September.

Up your game!

Buckle Up

The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) will ask motorists to wear their seat belts this festive season in order to prevent a spinal cord injury in the event of a crash!

This Festive Season, you will see quadriplegics & paraplegics deployed at 6 garages on national roads encouraging motorists to Buckle Up (wear your seat belt) in order to reduce the number of spinal cord injuries from road accidents on South African roads.

QASA will launch on the 9th December in order to greet road users on their holiday travels with a strong message to use their seat belts.

Motorists will be approached at the garages by quadriplegics & paraplegics and asked to sign a pledge to Buckle Up and in return they will receive a license disk sticker.
Quadriplegics & Paraplegics involved with this road safety campaign will be branded with bibs which identify them as campaigners and will introduce themselves in order to encourage motorists to wear their seat belts on their journey.

45 members of QASA have been employed for this project and the Association is proud to be part of this road safety initiative, as part of their commitment to the “prevention of spinal cord injury” and disability.
The Association has evidence that if you are wearing your seatbelt and in an accident, your chances of sustaining a spinal cord injury are drastically reduced.

More than 900 people become spinal cord injured in South Africa per annum and half of these from road accidents, the impact on their lives and the lives of their families are devastating and the cost immeasurable.

The BUCKLE UP – WE DON’T WANT NEW MEMBERS campaign was awarded the S.A. Guild of Motoring Journalists “Road Safety Project of the Year” award.
This year, the campaign is supported by the Road Accident Fund and the Round Table’s Cannonball Run event.

QASA is a member of the Global Road Safety Partnership thereby demonstrating their commitment to road safety in South Africa.
QASA supports the decade of action for road safety and endorsers any reasonable initiatives to prevent injury and death on South African roads.

The CEO QASA, Ari Seirlis says

“We are proud to deliver a road safety programme to the public and not only will we reduce the number of persons sustaining spinal injuries in accidents, but we employ our own members in implementing the project. Some of the very victims of road accidents, will be at the garage sites, encouraging road safety to the public”

So often, charities are seen with their hands out for handouts, in this project, we extend a hand out to the South African public giving something back in the form of an awareness campaign that will save millions in rehabilitation costs and reducing the number of persons becoming disabled. We owe our road users this campaign.
QASA is also very proud to have a strong partnership with the Road Accident Fund who assist in the resourcing of this initiative.

QASA makes a big investment in “prevention” and this exercise is a demonstration of our commitment to reducing the number of spinal cord injuries in South Africa.
Distracted Driving is also on our agenda where we encourage road users not to use their mobile phones whilst driving, whether that be talking or Texting”.

 

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Care Attendants Training Programme

The QASA / Momentum National Care Attendant Training got under way in October 2008. The high prevalence of pressure sores amongst QASA Self Help Centre residents has been the cause of much concern over the past few years. In some circumstances, residents have died due the severity of their pressure sores. Compounding this issue is the lack of capacity amongst care givers. Very few of the care givers have had formal training about pressure sores and the general care of paraplegics and quadriplegics. Hereafter add ….

QASA is very proud to have the support of the Road Safety Accident Fund that will enable us to deliver another Care Attendant Training Programme (CAT) to the care attendants of quadriplegics and paraplegics. This CAT will be rolled out, nationally, during 2017.

The aim is to up skill care attendants and ensure health and wellness for quadriplegics and paraplegics who rely on carers. Compassion, understanding and knowledge are essential traits of a care attendant and this Care Attendant Training Programme will allow QASA to develop the capacity of care attendants and empower them to be more knowledgeable about the risks of spinal cord injured.

The uniqueness of this programme is that it focuses on identification of risk areas and communication methods so that a strong rapore is developed between the care attendant and their client.

Should any care attendants of quadriplegics or paraplegics be interested to attend this training, please contact Mariza Kitching on gm@qasa.co.za

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