QASA launches a COVID-19 Relief Fund

Quadra Relief Fund. Image supplied.

While nation­al lock­down has dev­as­tat­ing finan­cial impacts on peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ty, Quadra Asso­ci­a­tion of South Africa (QASA) has launched a relief fund to address the prob­lem.

QASA Chief Oper­a­tional Offi­cer (COO), Raven Ben­ny con­firmed the fund will ben­e­fit peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties — the worst affect­ed dur­ing this glob­al pan­dem­ic.

Ben­ny said the group falls under some of the most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple con­tract­ing COVID-19 virus because of their com­pro­mised immune sys­tem.

“QASA is cog­nisant of the efforts in place to com­bat COVID-19 with more peo­ple suf­fer­ing for lack of income, access to health­care and food,” said Ben­ny.

Ben­ny said QASA is cau­tious of the effect it will have on its mem­bers.

“Many rely on the mea­gre R1 860 per month dis­abil­i­ty grant from SASSA, while oth­ers have lost the chance of earn­ing income from not being able to return to work due to added comor­bidi­ties.”

While many busi­ness­es are clos­ing and indi­vid­u­als are los­ing their source of income, Ben­ny said peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties need help to sup­ple­ment their grants or income.

For quad­ri­pleg­ics and para­plegics in South Africa, QASA has estab­lished its COVID-19 Relief Fund to offer sup­port dur­ing this tough time.

“QASA re-pri­ori­tis­es some of its resources and com­mit to reach­ing out to our mem­bers through this fund. But we can­not sus­tain the fund on our own. We need sup­port from our fel­low South Africans and busi­ness­es,”

Ben­ny notes. Peo­ple can make dona­tions via the QASA COVID-19 Relief Fund Back­aBud­dy cam­paign (https://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/qasa-covid-19-relief) or EFT to:

Account hold­er: QASA

Account num­ber: 730570406

Branch code: 632 005

Ref­er­ence: COVID-19

Upon request, will QASA pro­vide donors with a Sec­tion 18A Tax Exemp­tion Cer­tifi­cate for their dona­tions?

“QASA feels great for the response we’ve had so far towards our plea for con­tri­bu­tions towards this fund. Thank you very much to those who have made dona­tions over the past week,” added Ben­ny.

Quad­ri­pleg­ics or para­plegics who need any form of help can con­tact the QASA head office dur­ing office hours (08h00 to 16h00) at 031 767 0348 or info@qasa.co.za.

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