Driving Ambitions successes
April 2017 was a fruitful month for Driving Ambitions with both Jeannet Malapile from Rustenburg and Joseph Ketso from Zwartkop passing their driving tests. Jeannet does not live locally and had to stay at QASA’s David Lewis Lodge for the duration of her driving lessons and driving test which Des Harmse, our instructor, scheduled to accommodate her. Well done everyone.
Driving ambitions success
Nabeel Mahomed , a paraplegic, had 5 driving lessons with our instructor Des Harmse and passed his driving test on 29th March 2017.
Well done to both Nabeel and Des for a lot of hard work done in a short timeframe.
Another success for KZN Driving Ambitions
Raymond Jaca, a QASA administrator, joined our driving program in order to achieve his goal of driving himself and being more independent. Raymond passed his driving test on 12th May. Well done to Raymond and Shaun our Driving Ambitions instructor.
QASA, helping to improve lives by securing resources to advocate, educate, support & mobilize people with disabilities.
Driving Ambitions KZN success
QASA’s Driving Ambitions KZN project has had another success.
Sizwe Nxumalo, a paraplegic, determined to become more independent joined our driving program and under the guidance of Shaun, our instructor, passed his driving test on 26th April. Congratulations Sizwe and Shaun.
KZN Driving Ambitions does it again
Cedric Ngcobo was involved in a car accident in January 2013 and while attending rehab at Hillcrest Hospital he heard about Driving Ambitions and this was the motivation he needed to resume driving again. After some hard work to build up muscle strength and 8 driving lessons in our adapted vehicle with our instructor Shaun, Cedric passed his driving test on his first attempt. Well done to both Cedric and Shaun, proving that hard work, determination and a positive attitude does reap rewards.
KZN Driving Ambitions success
Phumlani Ntshele made the decision to get his driving licence and in April he successfully obtained his Learners Licence. After 2 sets of driving lessons with Shaun, our instructor, Phumlani passed his driving test on his first attempt. Well done Phumlani and Shaun
Solomon Sedibane, a paraplegic from Pretoria was one of our first applicants to obtain his driver’s licence with “Driving Ambitions”.After much of his own saving and together with sponsorship provided by his employer, Solomon recently bought a brand new Ford Fiesta. He had hand controls fitted and immediately hit the road to Polokwane, taking a friend with on a trip he has always dreamt of driving.
With his newfound independence, Solomon says that he cannot stop smiling and feels that anything is now possible.
“Driving Ambitions is the key for people living with disability, try it, you will become a hero of the heroes.” he recently told us. QASA would like to congratulate Solomon on buying his first car and wishes him all the best for the road ahead!
Philile Masondo whom passed her license in February 2013 and Prudence Khumbula whom passed in October 2012
QASA congratulates Andrew Deere on passing his driver’s licence with Driving Ambitions
QASA would like to congratulate Andrew Deere on passing his driver’s licence. Andrew started driving lessons with ‘Driving Ambitions’ in February this year, and went on to become the first person to achieve his driver’s licence through the project.
QASA has committed to providing a functional service of driver training giving people with disabilities an opportunity to achieve their driver’s licence with ‘Driving Ambitions’. Using an adapted car and trained driving instructors, the project aims to take people with disabilities to another level of independence. The achievement of obtaining a driver’s licence goes on to allow for employment opportunities, social freedom and a life changing accreditation.
Andrew thanked both Caroline Rule, the project’s Occupational Therapist and Pat Allen, the Driving Instructor for their support, patience, sensitivity and encouragement. ‘My experience was so fulfilling and liberating’ said Andrew of the project. ‘Driving Ambitions was the start of a new chapter in my new life ‘ and I thank Caroline and Pat for having faith in me.’
After many months of saving, Andrew recently bought an adapted car. This will ensure he continues to be mobile, independent and able to enjoy the many years of driving freedom that lie ahead.
With the official ‘Driving Ambitions’ launch set to take place in Johannesburg towards the end of March, the project is currently only running in Pretoria. However there are long term plans for the services to migrate to other provinces. For more info on this exciting project please visit www.drivingambitions.co.za
QASA and ‘Driving Ambitions’ are proud to have shared an unforgettable part of Andrew’s road to rehabilitation, and applaud his determination and courage to achieve his dream of driving again. We wish Andrew all the very best for this new chapter in his life and will follow his progress with interest.
DRIVING AMBITIONS GAUTENG SUCCESS – SIVUYILE DUBE
Sivuyile Dube, a paraplegic, had been in a motor vehicle accident which resulted in limited movement in his lower limbs. Whilst in rehab Sivuyile made the decision that he will drive again and approached our Driving Ambitions program in Gauteng to achieve this goal. Through determination, perseverance and assistance of Des, our instructor, he passed his driving test on his first attempt on 13th July 2017. Well done Sivuyile and Des…..Happy and safe driving….
AN ASTOUNDING DRIVING SUCCESS STORY IN GAUTENG – MPHO SELEMELA
Dynamite certainly comes in small packages and that is no different from Mpho Selemela who is a powerhouse of success and motivation for everyone. Mpho Selemela is a 19 year old gentleman from Walkerville. On the 28 June 2016 Mpho was involved in a motor vehicle accident – he was hospitalised for 2 months after sustaining serious injuries. Mpho proceeded with physiotherapy in September 2016 when doctors confirmed that he will never be able to walk again. Mpho being the self-motivated and enthusiastic young man that he is took this all in his stride and began setting goals for himself to maintain his independence. His first goal was to obtain his license – which he did in a truly admirable fashion. After just three lessons with our Gauteng instructor Des and on his first attempt – Mpho passed his license on the 25 July 2017. Mpho says that he lives by a motto of “Keep going and never put yourself down – all goals can be achieved”. Mpho also mentions that he is very excited and proud of himself for this great achievement and would like to thank QASA for the assistance and opportunity given to achieve this goal. Well done Mpho! QASA is very proud to be a part of your journey….happy driving and all the best for a bright future.
MORNE GAINING HIS INDEPENDENCE AGAIN
Morne Mulder was in a diving accident in 2014 which resulted in a C6 – 7 spinal cord injury. Morne approached QASA with the objective of gaining his independence once again by a license conversion. He recently passed this assessment and says that his license now allows him to be more mobile and is one more step closer to being totally independent. Morne goes on to say that life sometimes happens – whilst referring to his accident – and you are responsible for your own happiness and being a wheelchair user should not stop anybody form living life to the fullest. Morne would like to say a special thanks to QASA and the Driving Ambitions program as well as a special thanks to his Driver Trainer, Des. He says this has been a special experience and it makes him happy to know that there is an organisation like QASA who cares about people with SCI living their lives to their full potential. QASA would like to wish Morne all the best in all his future endeavors – buckle up and happy motoring!