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One of the most famous quadriplegics known to us, the late Christopher Reeve, actor, film director, author and activist, is quoted as saying: “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles”.
This could certainly be applied to the men and women taking part in the Quads 4 Quads off-road motorbike event coming up in September & October. About 600 quad bike and two-wheel motorcycle riders, including several quadriplegic and paraplegic riders on adapted quads, will take part for the 13th time in an event which has made a remarkable difference to the lives of quadriplegics and paraplegics in South Africa.
The Quads 4 Quads event was started 13 years ago by The Adventure Company, run by Glenn Foley and Corinne Andrews, who chose QASA (QuadPara Association of South Africa) as the beneficiary of the fundraising ride. Ari Seirlis, the CEO of QASA, as well as other well-known quadriplegics and paraplegics will be riding adapted bikes, this will be the 12th time Ari is participating.
The first stage takes place from Johannesburg to Durban on Thursday the 29th September and ends at Cane Cutters in Ballito on Sunday 2nd October. The return ride starts on Thursday 6th October, arriving at Carnival City on the 9th October.
Each rider faces about 250km for 8 hours each day, which is challenging for all able- and disabled riders. 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 by their 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 & 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.