A few very adventurous members of Ama Wheelies took the plunge this week, moved to Lydenburg aka Mashishing and started Mpumalanga’s first quadriplegic home!
Barry was evicted from Remme-Los (a quadriplegic home in Primrose Germiston) for raising funds to develop the Ama Wheelies quadriplegic home. Barry leads the small group establishing themselves on a farm outside Lydenburg in the absence of Moses the Chairman, still battling with pressure sores and only able to join the group once fully recovered. The trio on the farm is Barry Botes the treasurer, Chris Le Roux the acting chairman and Sarah Malibhe from Lydenburg.
Plans are for the quadriplegic home to be self sustainable and hence the farming project involving chickens. Ama Wheelies boast a comprehensive 4 year business plan and seek finance thru the banks. Bank laws and deposit requirement or surety guarantees is the major obstacle facing Ama Wheelies. Without deposit and no surety for banks Ama Wheelies resorted to fund raising projects. The hard work and energy soon drew attention and Remme-Los the quadriplegic home Barry was living in gave Barry 15 days notice claiming the Ama Wheelies project compromise the sustainability of Remme-Los. Ama Wheelies decided to treat the eviction as a stepping stone into the future, rather than an obstacle debating the correctness and legal rights and time consumed in courts. Thus Ama Wheelies remain focused on setting up the new home desperately needed by quadriplegics and paraplegics in Mpumalanga. Thus at short notice the home was started.
Occupation was taken in a cottage on the farm on Saturday 27 November; immediately cleaning, cutting grass and building ramps for the wheelchairs started, in what can only be described as one of the most spectacular settings in South Africa.
Telecommunication on the farm is rather poor and so please be patient if it seem there is no answer to your communications. Application has been submitted to Telkom and we await ‘land-line’ installation. The farm has no 3G and the Vodacom signal is very weak and fails at certain times of the day.
Much help is needed, please help, any contribution will help, Our Nedbank account is a current account in the name of “Ama Wheelies of Lydenburg” account number 1930052944 and Branch 193042; but more if you own property and prepared to sign surety it will help the quadriplegics obtain finance sooner; please contact Barry on 0798755040 with any offers your heart feels inclined to offer!
Good news in bad times!
On the 27th of November 2010, Barry and Chris will become the first 2 quadriplegics to make the move to the Ama Wheelies quadriplegic home on a farm outside Mashishing aka Lydenburg.
The guys have been working hard on the project since 2007 pioneering the way for the rest of the team and really need your support to make this project a success. The new home has not yet been adapted for quadlife and living on location is really going to test the guys endurance.
You are invited to the AMA WHEELIES Kitchen tea: Thursday 25 November from 17H00
The kitchen tea will be held at the home of Barry’s mother Mrs Joey du Plessis. Please bring to the kitchen-tea any kitchen utensil, tinned foods or even a donation that can help the adventurous boys with their exciting project. Both Barry and Chris will be at the kitchen tea. We look forward to seeing you there.
For more info please contact Barry on 079 875 5040
16 Rotary village, Protea retirement village, Cnr Churchill & Tulip street, Primrose, Germiston
RSVP: Joey at Tell: 011 383 0046 Cell: 084 056 6319
Ama Wheelies last night 7 February 2010 at 12:35am got some great coverage on 702 Talk radio and 567 Cape Talk. The overnight show hosted by David Donde introduced Simon Botes the Ama Wheelies social media guy and Barry Botes the founding member and project leader of Ama Wheelies. Audio clip coming soon..
Update: 702 and 567 Cape Talk don’t have a recording available. Oops maybe next time..
We chatted about our exciting project and pushed to create awarness for Quadriplegics living not only in Mpumalanga but also throughout South Africa.
Even though this was a late night, early morning show I am happy to report that within a few minutes from the show going live we had received an email from a community member trying to find suitable accommodation for a paraplegic living in the Eastern Cape. This shows just how huge the need is for such accommodation not only in Mpumalanga but also in all the other provinces. We will be sure to point our Eastern Cape friend in the right direction so he can also be empowered to live a ‘normal’ life.
Below is an extract from the 702 Talk radio and 567 Cape Talk websites.
“For those who may have missed the news, Ama Wheelies is a very exciting project. The self help centre for Quadriplegics in Thaba Chweu (Lydenberg) will cater for all the diverse national groups found in South Africa and will not only be a home for the disabled and wheelchair bound quadriplegics, it will also offer them the chance to once again be self sustaining. There is still space to accommodate more people. Barry and Simon Botes spoke to David about the project and encouraged people to support their Golf Day fund-raiser at Glen Vista Golf Club on 9 March. More information and contact details can be found on the website.”
A huge shoutout goes to David Donde, 702 Talk radio and 567 Cape Talk for creating awareness for plegics in South Africa. Lets do it again sometime and maybe also during one of the earlier shows
After a long, hard and very successful week on the road in Mpumalanga, Barry and Moses of Ama Wheelies decided it was time to unplug for a few minutes. We were staying at the Laske Nakke holiday resort famous for their hot water pool and the guys decided that it was time to take a plunge in the pool. When Barry first suggested the idea of a quad swimming, I thought he was joking. I must admit I never thought it was possible and boy oh boy was I mistaken.
In the pool room Barry took to the water like a duck in a pond. Moses was less enthusiastic about the idea and kept telling Barry “Man you are playing with fire”.
Barry Botes of Ama Wheelies
After a few minutes though the peer pressure did it’s thing and Moses was back and in his costume. In a jiffy he was in the pool swimming around as if he had been doing it for years. Amongst laughter and giggling Moses mentioned that this was “the most fund he had ever had since becoming a Quadriplegic”. The joy and excitement that I witnessed as these guys swam was truly the most touching moment I have ever experienced and it almost brought tears to my eyes. Lesson learned, We as able bodied individuals definitely take so many things for granted.
Moses Mlombo of Ama Wheelies
A huge shoutout goes to the management of Laske Nakke who went the extra mile to make sure everything ran smoothly while we were there. Thank you also for allowing us to use your facilities at no charge for some of our rather large meetings. You guys rock!
Moses and Barry chilling in the pool
Moses and Barry playing in the pool.