8 May — Part 2: PE Cheshire Home

I’m not all that fond of char­i­ties, and often find myself mis­trust­ing many aspects of it and am a lit­tle on the cyn­i­cal side when it comes to fund rais­ing.

Hillary from the Cleary Estate Cheshire Home made big strides towards con­vert­ing me to a dif­fer­ent way of think­ing. There are many gen­uine real, strong, car­ing peo­ple in South Africa if we just care to look, and she must be one of the best.

When Archie from Hit­ge­heim Coun­try Lodge guided us to the home, and as we approached I was start­ing to feel my heart sag. It looked almost deserted. No one wait­ing, no one there to great us…

But then we were guided into the square at the back of the build­ing and emo­tion over­whelmed me and my hel­met misted up as a few tears rolled down my cheek.

There were many, many peo­ple with expect­ing faces there to wel­come us. All the res­i­dents from the Cleary Estate Cheshire Home, their staff, some res­i­dents from the other PE Cheshire Home were dri­ven there to meet us. There were a whole bunch of kids from a nearby school, and the cherry on top, some of the MOTHs stood in full dress to offer all their sup­port. Moments like this make the tour worth every bit of effort and cost.

Dave Barr spoke with great pas­sion to every­one, and lis­ten­ing to his talk there was an incred­i­ble expe­ri­ence. Two mes­sages came through loud and clear, bet­ter than I’ve ever heard any­one say it before.

1. Be care­ful of your choices, even as a young child. Every deci­sion you make fol­low you for the rest of your life.

2. No mat­ter how dis­abled you are, your life has pur­pose, you have a des­tiny. Don’t hide in the cor­ner, but find what your role in the world is, and live it to the full. Even if it is just to make peo­ple smile and inspire those who are feel­ing over­whelmed by their own prob­lems to see life in a bet­ter light.

Hav­ing mem­bers of the Port Eliz­a­beth MOTH there was really very spe­cial. Their sup­port for Dave Barr’s tour, their help, guid­ance and pres­ence through­out our quest a real eye opener.

Ben­e­fi­cia­ries

Cheshire Home South Africa

After more than forty eight years of ser­vice to Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties in South Africa, Cheshire Homes has accu­mu­lated a sub­stan­tial range of resources and ser­vicede­liv­ery pro­grammes, which are care­fully man­aged, in line with a ded­i­cated visio­n­and mis­sion refined in con­sul­ta­tion with Per­sons with Disabilities

Quad Para Asso­ci­a­tion of South Africa

QASA is a co-​ordinating, policy-​making, gov­ern­ing and­sup­port­ing organ­i­sa­tion.
The Asso­ci­a­tion strives to pre­vent spinal cord injury, as well as pro­tect and pro­mote the inter­ests of peo­ple with mobil­ity impair­ments by for­mu­lat­ing a national pol­icy and strat­egy, to develop and ensure the full poten­tial and qual­ity of their lives.

Main Spon­sors

Hoog­land Health Hydro

Hoogland Health Hydro

Hoog­land Health Hydro is a fam­ily owned busi­ness, spe­cial­is­ing in improv­ing phys­i­cal well­be­ing since 1977. Hoog­land prides itself in treat­ing guests as unique indi­vid­u­als and sup­port­ing and improv­ing the body’s own heal­ing abil­i­ties in a com­fort­able, nat­ural envi­ron­ment. Their team of med­ical and well­be­ing pro­fes­sion­als are highly expe­ri­enced and all cel­e­brate the tenac­ity of the human spirit. Few peo­ple embody spirit and tenac­ity as much as Dave Barr.