Tag Archives: Quadriplegic

Upcoming Ama Wheelies Events

Team Ama Wheelies is hard at work preparing for our exciting upcoming events. Below please see details pf the planned events. Friends of Ama Wheelies interested in attending or helping out at any of the events listed below are welcome to make contact. We need all the help and support we can get and thank everyone in advance for their support. We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events.

Long Tom Marathon
31 March 2012 at 08:00 AM

We will be manning stand number 10 at Long Tom Marathon on 31 March 2012 and already entered; please help recover expenses. Do remember the great event last year as attached photos! This year we will have disabled athlete Amos representing Ama Wheelies in his racing wheelchair and Anita Viljoen specialist walker walking the race representing us!

Jacaranda 94.2FM Radio Advertising
26 March 2012 at 08:00 AM

26 March – 6 April 2012 we will be on the air, 8 slots per day, for two (2) weeks. Free Jacaranda radio advertising to promote our Fax2Email project. Tune in to Jacaranda FM on 94.2 FM and show your support towards our project. A huge thank you in advance to Jacaranda FM for their support, you guys rock!

Communication Training
24 April 2012 at 08:00 AM

We are preparing hard for our first certified communication training course scheduled 24 – 27 April 2012 with 20 Ama Wheelies members receiving training and 3G Smart phones donated by Nokia. Thank you to Nokia Connects for the support. More news to follow shortly.

Ricky Farber Live in Concert
12 May 2012 at 09:00 AM

On 12 May 2012 Ricky Farber will sing in concert as Ama Wheelies fundraiser.

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.

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

Thank you Thaba Chweu

A huge THANK YOU goes out from everyone here at Ama Wheelies to all the hard working people of Lydenburg and the rest of South Africa who went out of their way to make our 1st locally hosted Ama Wheelies golf day a HUGE success!

The day was made possible by the following sponsors, Donors and well doers:

4 u Stationery, Absa, Absolute Water, Ackerman’s Pharmacy, AFGRI, Artist under the Sun, Audrey Heart, Bakgat biltong, Beka Electrical, Charles & Hilda Erasmus, Cleaning Africa, De Ark Guest house, Die Grasdak Drankwinkel, Hay’s Print, Hilda Erasmus, Jade Art, Joubert Apteek, Klitzgras, Kruger Slaghuis, Lemani Spur, Lido Electrical Steelpoort, Lydenburg Spar, Lydenburg Toyota, Mike’s Kitchen, PG Glass, PicknPay head office, PicknPay Lydenburg, Plaas Winkel, Platdak Drankwinkel; PNA Stationery, RangoTango, SA Sun bouhandelaars, Sakie Nieman(slagpale), Sandvik Mining, Scratch Engravers, Sign Shop, Spar Lydenburg, Spaar-o-Rama, Tops, Tobatse Chrome Mine, Toyota, Eugene Hurters, Union Motors, Val Landau, Vodacom, Vodacom4U, Vodacom Foundation, Wimpy, Nokia South Africa and RAC Racing.

More donors arrived on the day and their good deeds will soon be announced!

Ama Wheelies desperately needs a quad friendly vehicle. Lack of proper transport is hampering our progress. Through our golf day we hoped to create awareness for our cause and hoped someone would step forward and help with purchase of a Quad friendly vehical. Awareness was of utmost importance though and Ama Wheelies are proud to announce that even though we never got a quad friendly vehical, many people became aware of the Ama Wheelies project thru the golf day and march thru town. A special word of thanks to all the helpers on the day who worked hard to make this rally and golf day a success.

All in all over R120 000.00 was raised in what can be called the most successful fund raiser Ama Wheelies has ever hosted. Most of the R120 000 donated came  in the form of much needed farming equipment and computers for our training center, with very little coming in as cash. The equipment donated will go along way in making sure the wheelchair farmers of Thaba Chweu are successful and for these great donations we thank you.

To the following twitter buddies who helped us spread the word on Twitter a HUGE thank you, without your help we would not have seen such a great uptake online. Thank you @LizaSutherland @beanbagboy @jodenecoza @Aphrael78 @StuffSmart @hmathys007 @wesmor01 @JohnGore @joaoluisc @gaynor_kast @ExMi @beebee_nile @shesthegeek @MoniqueTheron @_Cybelle_ @Simonbotes @ProphecyZA @PaulJohnston @FirestarZA @Vodacom @uyspj @picknpay @shebeegee @Gnat_J @Nitefenix @NokiaRSA

On the golf day we had well wishers from as far as Spain sending in messages of support via our twitter channel. This is very encouraging and we thank everyone who showed support. We look forward to our next golf day and hope to have your continued support as our project grows.

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.