An off-road marathon journey to raise funds

The Adventure Company will once again host its Quads 4 Quads off-road motorbike event in October. About 600 quad-bike and two-wheel motorcycle riders, including several quadriplegic and paraplegic riders on adapted quads, will take part in the event, which has made a remarkable difference to the lives of quadriplegics and paraplegics in South Africa.

The Quads 4 Quads event was started 14 years ago by The Adventure Company, run by Glenn Foley and Corinne Andrews. The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) was chosen as the beneficiary for the fundraising ride. CEO of QASA Ari Seirlis, among others, will be riding adapted bikes at this year’s event.

It is Seirlis’s 13th year of participating in the event, which runs from Durban to Johannesburg on Thursday October 5, and ends at Carnival City on Sunday, October 8.

Each rider faces about 250 km for eight hours each day, which is challenging for all riders – with or without a disability. The event is not a race, but a family ride which encourages everyone to get involved, whether they’re helping at the daily rest stops or joining the riders off-road.

The race represents the spirit of QASA and quadriplegics everywhere in the firm belief that having a physical disability does not affect their ability to endure and to be the best that they can be.

QASA is responsible for setting up skills development programmes, employment projects, skills development projects and the distribution of assistive devices and mobility aids to allow quadriplegics and paraplegics to integrate into mainstream society with equal rights. To date the event has raised over R7 million for QASA.

If you are interested in participating, visit the website to register or contact QASA for more information at 0860 765 5464.

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