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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.