Quad riders to raise funds for quads

2013-09-24 00:00

TO mark its 10th anniversary, the QuadPara Association of South Africa (Qasa) will undetake a Quads 4 Quads ride from Johannesburg to Ballito in Durban, starting on Thursday, to raise funds for those with limited mobility.

The trip will tackle some of the roughest terrain in the country.

In the past nine years, the association has managed to raise R5 million and the proceeds have helped improve the lives of quadriplegics and paraplegics through the provision of wheelchairs, education and sports bursaries and training in various programmes.

Mandy Latimore (52) was the first woman with a disability to ride during the event in 2008.

Latimore has been in a wheelchair for 32 years after an accident in which she broke her back in a mountain climbing fall.

She currently works as a consultant in the disability sector, and describes herself as an adrenaline junkie and activist.

“My mother told me that just because my legs don’t work that has not changed me as a person,” said Latimore.

Qasa CEO Ari Seirlis said the project was a synergy between people with mobility and those who did not and that they had enjoyed a positive reception from the public.

“The event has grown bigger and bigger every year, which gives us a good indication that the event is sustainable,” he said.

Seirlis added that this kind of support was crucial and not exactly what NGOs offered.

He said that the most important thing to them was to ensure that rural communities derived benefits from this initiative as they used their back yards to ride through.

“It is important for NGOs that are looking for funding to identify sustainable projects,” he said.

The event starts at Carnival City in Johannesburg and will run over four days with nights being spent in Standerton, Newcastle and Weenen, till the rides ends in Ballito.

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