People with disabilities are one of the groups most affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. Many have compromised immune systems or take an immune suppressor, which makes them more likely to fall severely ill with COVID-19. But this is nothing compared to the financial impact the lockdown and pandemic has on people with disabilities.
Many rely on the meagre R1 860 per month disability grant or a small income from working at an entry position at companies, which is quickly consumed by all the disability-related expenses. Wheelchair users, for example, might need to purchase catheters, batteries or perform maintenance on their wheelchair.
With businesses closing and individuals losing their source of income, people with disabilities are in dire need of assistance to supplement their grants or income.
Fortunately for quadriplegics and paraplegics in South Africa, the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) has established its COVID Relief Fund to support its members in this difficult time.
However, the organisation does need support from fellow South Africans and businesses alike. Any donation to the cause will be greatly appreciated. Donations can be made through an EFT. On request, QASA can provide a Section 18A Tax Exemption Certificate for all donations.
Account holder: QASA
Account number: 730570406
Branch code: 632 005