On March 17, wheelchair users from across Gauteng gathered in Pretoria for the first Ball for All formal dance for wheelchair users, amputees and their friends and family. Guests heard from some inspirational wheelchair users, including Miss Wheelchair World First Princess Lebohang Monyatsi.
Some of the ROLLING INSPIRATION contributors and the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) CEO Ari Seirlis were in attendance. Organiser Elmarie Bouwer says: “The feedback from the guests is overwhelmingly positive, and we are grateful that everyone enjoyed the evening to such an extent.”
The event received financial sponsorship from Jaco Deist from Deist & Associates Prosthetic Centre, Nicole Vergos and Nick Smith from Smergos, Viv and Gertrude Sierra from Chairman Industries, Gordon from Sheer Mobility and Fortitude South Africa Business and IT Consulting Services.
The Ball for All also received product and service sponsorship from Leriba Lodge, Ubuntu Security, CHG Function Hire, Que Sera Music and Dance, De La Vida Dance Studio and Tops in Sutherland, Midstream and Saxby.
“We are working towards making ‘Ball for All’ an annual event and are also considering establishing a Dance Federation for Differently Abled South Africans,” Elmarie says.
For more photographs from the event by the South Africa Society for Photographers with Disabilities (SASPD) visit http://johannronel.photofrog.co.za/.