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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.

Ama Wheelies take to the streets of Lydenburg

A few members of Ama Wheelies and their helpers, friends and family today took to the streets of Lydenburg to create awareness for the new quad home and training center which will officially be launched tomorrow at the first golf day and fund raiser held in the province.

The street march started in Voortrekker Road and ended at PicknPay, 53 Kantoor Road, Lydenburg.

As reported earlier, PicknPay recently came onboard and donated some shopping vouchers to AmaWheelies and we thought only good to show our support for PicknPay by finishing the first Ama Wheelies street march at the Lydenburg Branch of PicknPay.

Sadly due to transport issues only a small handful of our 68 members in the province were able to attend this the first Ama Wheelies street march and we thank those who went out of there way to help with transportation today, the march was a huge success, we hope to make the street march an annual event and hope that as the years progress, more and more quads will be able to join us on the streets of Mpumalanga to create awareness for quads not only in Mpumalanga but also the rest of  South Africa.

A HUGE thank you goes to the Thaba Chweu traffic department for helping keep things safe at such short notice.

We hope to meet many new friends at the golf day in the morning, and thank the people of Lydenburg for the amazing warm response we received today, we caused quite a traffic jam and your patience and understanding was great ;-)

Ama Wheelies support Long Tom Ultra Marathon

The Longtom Ultra & Half Marathon, one of South Africa’s most popular road races took place recently in Lydenburg. A few of the boys and girls from Ama Wheelies went along this year to show their support for this event.

Below is a report from Barry Botes the founder of Ama Wheelies who was on the scene:

Runners running an ultra marathon know they won’t all win, some simply run for the achievement of completing what they start.
You may say I am not one to talk sitting in my wheelchair, but I wasn’t always in a wheelchair and ran a number of races before the tragic incident; however I can tell you no matter the preparation, a exhausting long race of 56km will be a impossibility for most runners to complete, unless good back-up is provided. Ama Wheelies proudly assisted the runners at water-point 10. Working at the halfway point, handing out water coke and refreshments was a pleasure encouraging the runners, although a tired
person did not want to hear there is 27 more kilometres to run.
Ama Wheelies is involved in a similar race not to win but to help people that suffered spinal injury in accidents rehabilitating them back to live a meaningful life. It was invigorating seeing Sarah, Barry and David with different spinal injuries and levels of recovery supporting and assisting the runners

“Runners running an ultra marathon know they won’t all win, some simply run for the achievement of completing what they start.  You may say I am not one to talk sitting in my wheelchair, but I wasn’t always in a wheelchair and ran a number of races before the tragic incident; however I can tell you no matter the preparation, a exhausting long race of 56km will be a impossibility for most runners to complete, unless good back-up is provided. Ama Wheelies proudly assisted the runners at water-point 10 during the the Longtom Ultra & Half Marathon on 26 March 2010 in Lydenburg. Working at the halfway point, handing out water coke and refreshments was a pleasure, encouraging the runners was good fun, although a tired person did not want to hear there is 27 more kilometres to run.

Ama Wheelies is involved in a similar race not to win but to help people that suffered spinal injury in accidents rehabilitating them back to live a meaningful life. It was invigorating seeing Sarah, Barry and David with different spinal injuries and levels of recovery supporting and assisting the runners.

The morning was misty and athletes jumped away in rain from Sabie at 6h00 and started arriving after seven with most past this water hole at 10h00.

Along with the Ama Wheelies team Lydenburg High Schools first team Rugby players all Ready and waiting for the runners to arrive. Lydenburg High School deserve commendation; it is rare to find 5 young men and rugby players at that, for rugby players are known to be the rebels and here contrary to the norm we found these well mannered men, eager to help and better they don’t drink or smoke. Young men you deserve mention and merit and you are excellent ambassadors for your school –well done!

High School Lydenburg you can be proud of these 5 young men!”

If like the guys from Ama Wheelies your heart moves you to help those running the race of life, please consider making a small or not so small ;-) donation to the Quadriplegics of Mpumalanga.

Ever cent helps and with your support we can keep running.

Ama Wheelies in Action

Life at Ama Wheelies has been very interesting to say the least, we thought it good to show you life on the ground as seen from our roving camera over the last few months here in Lydenburg.  Enjoy ;-)

Making the garden Wheelchair friendly

Vodacom upgrades our internet to 3G

Heavy rains flood the roads and home

Sarah and Jason visit and we go fishing at Kwena dam.

Chris chilling at Kwena. Ryne with the first fish caught on the farm.

Shortly after this picture was taken Ryne emptied our bank account and left :(

Coopers donate a heavy duty sprayer and a new wheelchair for Barry

Midge Wood of Cleaning Africa Thuŝanang comes to visit, Donates towards our worthy cause.

Life on the farm is not easy, we are however not giving up and every day someone new makes contact to show their support and see how they can help. Every little bit counts and we thank everyone for their continued support to our project.  We have some very exciting news in the pipeline and as soon as it becomes official we will share it on the blog.

We hope you will join us on our Golf day and look forward to seing you there.

Until next time

Team Ama Wheelies

The Eagle Flies High

Eagles fly high, eagles are feared but eagles are loved, this is the account of a man and a eagle.

11 November 2010 at an Ama Wheelies golf day held at the Southdown’s Golf Club in Johannesburg
South, Ama Wheelies was introduced to a interesting man by the name of Midge Wood, a keen golfer.

Not only is Midge a good golfer he is a well refined man and great lover of art. At the auction and fund
raiser of 11 November a Black eagle with a difference was on sale. The eagle was a creation of Henry
Blignout a foot and mouth artist unable to use hand or feet. Henry skilfully cut an eagle using a profile
cutter operating the unit with a stick in his mouth. The beauty of the eagle caught the attention of Midge who purchased it and took it back to his offices of Cleaning Africa Thuŝanang.

However we live in Africa and soon the staff members came complaining saying a black eagle is bad
witchcraft and the eagle needed to undergo a change of identity, it soon reemerged as a Fish eagle,  all tribal omens were overcome and the eagle soars again!

But more happened, they say those that are generous receive generously. Cleaning Africa was blessed
with more new contracts and in keeping with their BEE and social commitments Ama Wheelies was
identified by the 3 directors for a further generous donation at site visit on 10 February 2011.

A huge thank you to everyone from Cleaning Africa Thuŝanang for your constant support and encouragement.

We look forward to seeing you at the next Ama Wheelies Golf Day – 14 May 2011