QuadPara association cares

2018-05-22 06:00
Members of the QuadPara Association of South Africa.PHOTO: supplied

Members of the QuadPara Association of South Africa.PHOTO: supplied

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THE QuadPara Association of South Africa was established in March 1991 with the purpose to deliver life-changing services to persons living with severe mobility impairments in the KwaZulu-Natal Province.

Quadpara spokesperson Michael Hall said that catering to the needs and aspirations of quadriplegics and paraplegics, the association provides serviced accommodation to the spinally injured, offers nursing services and carer training and, crucially, assists and advises quadriplegics, paraplegics and their families in the transition periods between hospital discharge, rehabilitation and reintegration into society.

“The association prepares disabled individuals for home life and eventually for the open labour market and assists in the obtaining of the specialised aids and equipment necessary to enable quadriplegics and paraplegics to adapt to a normal lifestyle as possible.

“The association creates awareness of the causes of quadriplegia and paraplegia in order to encourage the prevention of accidents and also makes known the needs of wheelchair-bound persons.”

Hall said that the organisation has been left in dire needs of funding as the last CEO of the organisation was dismissed after a long tender in that position and this led to other parties leaving.

“Now we have to rebuild the organisation to its former self to the days when it was a pleasure to come see the residents and enjoy their company at a braai or just a cup of tea. We are going to be more transparent to our members as well as our donors.

He said: “Ashley House now adopts an open house policy whereby anybody can drop by to visit or see the place for themselves so there can be no conception as to the authenticity.

“I will advise all donors to take this opportunity and come see us.

“We know it’s hard to reach out and touch someone’s life in the rural area where it’s needed the most but even making a difference in a few of their lives is worth the effort that we put in.

“The sad reality is most people in these areas don’t have aid to help them move around and never been trained to look after themselves and believe this is the end of the road, yet they can become the most productive members of society when given the tools and a chance.”

The QuadPara Association of KwaZulu-Natal has continued to develop a number of much needed projects, which require assistance with funding.

“We urgently need funding to maintain and increase our extended services to the needy quadriplegics and paraplegics throughout the province. Ashley Village has expanded and is now able to accommodate 19 quadriplegic and paraplegics residents from all communities who adequately reflect the spirit of the rainbow nation”.

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