Manqoba is a six-year-old boy who has spastic cerebral palsy and lives in Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). Thabo Mzimela, a neighbour, watched Manqoba’s mother trying to carry him around because the state-supplied wheelchair was not suitable for Manqoba and he could not sit in it. Thabo approached QASA to help Manqoba and through our Bidvest Unity Walk (read more about the event on page 10) TJ from CE Mobility went to see Manqoba and his family, and handed over a positional buggy.
“Manqoba smiled for the first time since I met him and his family. I would like to thank you guys for your assistance. Please keep it up,” said Thabo.
Prudence Nzuza, a paraplegic living in Durban (and participating in QASA’s Driving Ambitions driver training programme), also received a new wheelchair courtesy of the Bidvest Unity Walk. She was most grateful as her wheelchair was broken, as was her loan wheelchair.
Ari Seirlis is the CEO of the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) and managing editor of Rolling Inspiration. email: firstname.lastname@example.org