All wheelchair users travelling through the ACSA Terminals of O.R. Tambo International, King Shaka International and Cape Town International airports during the 2010 World Cup will be greeted with a gift of a wheelchair repair toolkit and the Rolling Inspiration magazine.
The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA), Rolling Inspiration magazine and CE Mobility have joined forces to provide this surprise package in order to keep wheelchair users mobile during the tournament.
The football fans' wheelchairs, which may not be used to the pace of life in South Africa, will probably require some small maintenance or adjustment as a result of whizzing around the country to support their favourite soccer team.
Raise international awareness
"This unique project will introduce the Association to the global world and raise international, as well as national, awareness of the plight of many South African people with disabilities," says Ari Seirlis, QASA’s National Director. "We hope the toolkit will be of assistance, but most importantly, we want people to become familiar with our Association, the work that we do and the support that we can offer."
QASA is a leading disability agency supporting the needs of thousands of quadriplegics and paraplegics across South Africa. Rolling Inspiration is a glossy publication, published by Word for Word Media and owned by QASA, circulated to 5,000 people with mobility impairments.
It is the only glossy disability magazine on the continent and enjoys regular input from expert columnists as well as motivational and inspirational articles. CE Mobility is a national wheelchair manufacturer and leading supplier of assistive devices.
Small gift to ensure mobility
The partnership between these three organisations has ensured that people using wheelchairs and travelling through South Africa’s major international airports will be supported with a small gift to ensure their mobility, a good read for their enjoyment, and the helpful services of the ACSA, Swissport, Bidair and Menzies staff.
The project has the full support of ACSA, who will assist with the distribution of these gifts in the months of June and July. QASA enjoys a good relationship with ACSA, providing training for staff who assist passengers as well as advice on the management of people with disabilities in airport facilities.
A new helpline, 0860ROLLING (08607655464), has recently been launched offering information on demand to people with mobility impairments.
(QuadPara Association of South Africa, May 2010)