Pay your Tekkie Tax to help home

The QuadPara Association of the Western Cape staff, in front, from left, are Babalo Pholose and Anda Mthulu. At the back are Edward Moos and Lowri Williams.

The QuadPara Association of the Western Cape (QAWC) is calling on the public to help them continue making a difference in the lives of wheelchair users by supporting the International Tekkie Tax Day, on Friday May 25.

The association is this year’s beneficiary for the Tekkie Tax Day.

The association provides training, advocacy, rural outreach and various awareness campaigns to improve the lives of wheelchair-bound people.

It was started in 1984 by quadriplegics who were unhappy with the way they were being treated.

QuadaPara Association co-ordinator, Lowri Williams, said fund-raisers such as this were vital to the association.

She said the funds would go towards covering the general costs of the office, building additional ramps and purchasing wheelchairs.

“We depend on fund-raisers as we do not get additional funding,” she said.

The association will be selling tickets at the DeVille Centre in Durbanville on Wednesday and Thursday May 23 and 24.

The association has three self help centres, The Quasar Centre, in Parow, the Andries Olivier Quadriplegic Centre and the Masonic Home in Uitzicht, both in Durbanville.

The centres are managed by the residents.

The Quasar centre accommodates seven residents, the Andries Olivier Quadriplegic Centre has 11 residents, while Masonic Home has seven residents. And the Tekkie Tax Day gives South Africans an opportunity to “leave a little sparkle” by purchasing stickers or tekkie laces to support any of the five causes: animals, bring hope for those in poverty, children, disability and education.

Now in its fifth year, the Tekkie Tax supports 11 beneficiaries who represent more than 1 000 local organisations.

Since its inception, in 2013, the initiative had raised
R30 million for participating NGOs. To raise the funds a total of 280 NPOs are selling a range of items.

Contact QAWC on 021 975 6078 or email qawc@telkomsa.net to place your order for stickers at R10 each or stickers and laces for R35 each.