Brian Joss –
The late Christopher “Superman” Reeve, said: “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles”.
This certainly fits the men and women taking part in the Quads 4 Quads off-road motorbike event coming up in October. About 600 quad bike and two wheel motorcycle riders, including several quadriplegic and paraplegic riders on adapted quads, will take part in an event which has made a remarkable difference to the lives of quadriplegics and paraplegics in South Africa.
The Quads 4 Quads event was started 12 years ago by Family Adventures, run by Glenn Foley and Corinne Andrews, who chose QASA (QuadPara Association of South Africa) as 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 taking part on his adapted Polaris RZR and Phil’s 5th in his CanAmm Maverick with hand controls.
The first stage takes place from Johannesburg to Durban on Thursday October 1 and ends at Cane Cutters in Ballito on Sunday October 4. The return ride starts on Thursday October 8, arriving at Carnival City on October 11.
Each rider faces about 250km for 8 hours a 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 that they can be. QASA is responsible for setting up skills development programme, 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.