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What happens when you are down and out?

The vultures step in and devour you. If however you are an elephant the matriarch guards over you. In similar fashion Ama Wheelies we have a story to tell.

2011 has been a difficult first year for Ama Wheelies. A year ago we moved to the Lydenburg cottage and on 27 November 2010 doors opened for the first Quadriplegic home in Mpumalanga! We arrived at a cottage wild and unattended; we cleaned, built ramps and made it a home.


The Lydenburg community welcomed Ama Wheelies at our golf day 14 May. The spring walk 1 September created further awareness but funding remains low. Assistance was there in the form of computers from Vodacom for our training room. Eastern Chrome pledged towards developing our farm and at the same time we had no support from any governmental institution.



Battling on our own we are trying to earn a living fattening pigs, rearing chickens and growing vegetables. Our produce we grow will soon sustain us but it is not yet providing us an income.

Writing to thank the family and friends that have been assisting us we extended the urgent appeal for financial help: would we be trodden down or could we still believe in humanity!

Our letters we wrote telling all we need help just like those anxious calls of the small elephant calling for help and as in a family of Elephants we found loving guardians in a harsh world. Cleaning Africa Thuŝanang  with Mr Midge Wood a dear friend depositing a huge deposit and the goodness continued Tubatse mine, Dhl and several private individuals opened their pockets donating R20 000.00 collectively assuring the survival of Ama Wheelies at least for the next two months.

The story of the baby elephant requires the baby to feed from the mother and start eating on its own. Ama wheelies made new applications with the government department and we look to 2012 with new confidence and apart from government assistance requests we have set up our fax2email campaign and the exciting dance Ama Wheelies will be hosting in 11 February in South Africa’s town of love!

Soon you will be invited with more information but in the same way the little elephant must be taken care of we share this link with our friends, family, and anyone who can continue to help Ama Wheelies to raise money to keep the home floating.

Ama Wheelies blog goes mobile

Ama Wheelies is happy to announce that our blog is now available as an easy to use mobile app for Nokia devices.

This means you can now follow our latest news from the palm of your hand on your Nokia smartphone. The application is free to download from the Nokia Ovi Store. We invite you all to take our new blog for a test drive. Please let us know what you think.

To download our app Search for ‘Ama Wheelies’ in Ovi store or point your mobile browser here: http://store.ovi.com/content/143343

Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans

Ama Wheelies blogger and friend Simon Botes was  recently named as one of the Top 200 Young People in South Africa by Mail & Guardian. This is a great achievement for Simon and we are excited and happy to have one of the Top 200 youngsters in South Africa helping out here at Ama Wheelies. Congrats Simon!

Credit: Nokia.com

Mrs United Nations finalist 2012

Ama Wheelies is excited to announce that our very special lady Jeanette Kruger-Hibbins, has made the list as one of only 18 finalists in this years Mrs United Nations competition.

Mrs United Nations is designed for “real” women with a passion to bring value to people’s lives. The main purpose of this competition is to showcase the women of South Africa. Specifically, to show that they can simultaneously manage a family, have a career, support their community, and have a successful marriage. Mrs United Nations SA is a woman who can do it all with elegance and grace!”

In our humble opinion, Jeanette Kruger-Hibbins of Lydenburg, more than fits this role.  On more than one occasion Jeanette has gone above and beyond to help the boys and girls of Ama Wheelies.  Jeanette truly is a special person!

Preliminary judging of finalists will take place 26-27 August 2011 in Gauteng!  The top three delegates will then be selected and one special lady will walk away with the prestigious title of Mrs United Nations 2012.

Congratulations on being a finalist Jeanette, we can’t wait to see you crowned as winner of Mrs United Nations 2011/2012.

What cellphones can quadriplegics use?

The boys and girls of the recently launched Ama Wheelies Quadriplegic training center in Mpumalanga, South Africa are working hard to amoung other things be the front runners in tech related content for Quadriplegics. The info they research will benefit not only Quads living in South Africa but around the world.

Most quadriplegics find it nearly impossible to use a mobile phone and many are frustrated that they are left behind in this techno era. With this in mind the Quads of Ama Wheelies have been searching for ways to make mobile use easy for quads around the world.

Back in July 2009 after extensive testing we identified the Nokia 5800 resistive touchscreen handset as our handset of choice for Quadriplegics. This was the best handset on the market at the time for quads to use. Even those with C5 disability were able to use the Nokia 5800 with little effort.

The great news is that the friendly people at Nokia have since manufactured a wide variety of similar handsets in different price ranges. (Nokia 5228, Nokia 5230, Nokia 5233, Nokia 5235, Nokia 5250, Nokia 5530 XpressMusic, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition, Nokia C5-03, Nokia C6-00, Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia X6)

To make it even better Nokia introduced the SU-36 stylus.  With the introduction of this new stylus quads can now also use Nokia Symbian3 Glass Capacitive touchscreen handsets like the N8, C7, E7 etc.  Using the SU-36 you can now for the first time use any glass screen handset. (Nokia C6-01, Nokia C7-00, Nokia E7-00, Nokia N8)

The hard working guys of Ama Wheelies recently put the SU-36 stylus to the test and the results are awesome. With a little effort, some practice and a little DIY modifications, we are happy to report that the SU-36 makes it possible for quads to use even the latest gadgets from Nokia and other brands who use capacitive glass touch screens.

The SU-36 retails for around R150.00 and can be purchased online from expansys.co.za

We hope this info is handy to quads looking to find out which handsets work best.