This year, an estimated 600 quad bikes and two-wheel motorcycle riders, including several quadriplegic and paraplegic riders on adapted quads, will take part for the 12th time in an event which has made a remarkable difference to the lives of quadriplegics and paraplegics in South Africa.
Event founders and owners of Family Adventures, Glenn Foley and Corinne Andrews, made QASA (QuadPara Association of South Africa) the beneficiary of the fundraising ride. Ari Seirlis, the CEO of QASA, as well as other well-known quadriplegics, including Phil Case, the financial director of Dial a Nerd, will be participating in this year’s event. This will be the 11th time Ari is participating on his adapted Polaris RZR and Phil’s fifth, on his Can-Am Maverick with hand controls.
The first stage takes place from Johannesburg to Durban on Thursday, 1st October and ends at Cane Cutters in Ballito on Sunday, 4th October. The return ride starts on Thursday, 8th October, arriving at Carnival City on Sunday, 11th October.
Each rider faces about 250 kilometres for eight 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 they can be. QASA is responsible for setting up skills development programmes, employment projects and independent living opportunities to allow quadriplegics and paraplegics to integrate into mainstream society with equal rights. To date, the event has raised over R6-million for QASA.
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