Day 4: Cape Town

A beau­ti­ful sunny and warm Cape Town­ian day – A Joburger cracks a joke, “This is the best kind of day for a real estate agent, just tell them the weather is like this all the time.” The weather in Cape Town might be mostly cold and wet but the peo­ple are warm and friendly.

Photo by Mary-Ann Palmer

First we trav­elled to the Eric Miles Cheshire Home where we met the most inter­est­ing peo­ple. A thing that most peo­ple for­gets about phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity is that they are not dis­abled. Most peo­ple who are phys­i­cally dis­abled have the exact same men­tal and emo­tional capa­bil­ity as some­one who is not. They have just lost use of their limbs or abil­ity of speech. Cheshire Home in Cape Town showed us how peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties over­come it and prove to live a nor­mal life.

Photo by Mary-Ann Palmer

Next we vis­ited the QUASAR home and met with artist Ferdi Prins, who paints beau­ti­fully by use of his mouth.

ferdi prins

Dave gave a inspi­ra­tional talk to the house and we met with David Ben­nie, the chair­man of Quad­para Asso­ci­a­tion of South Africa (QASA).


We ended off the day by vis­it­ing the Kil­lar­ney Race­track in Cape Town where a crowd gath­ered to meet with Dave Barr and lis­ten to his incred­i­ble story of hope.

Photo by Mary-Ann Palmer

Bik­ers from dif­fer­ent clubs and all walks of life came to lis­ten. We’ve received enro­mous sup­port from the M.O.T.H club and thanks each and every mem­ber for all their efforts.

Photo by Mary-Ann Palmer

A spe­cial thank you to the Hells Angels in Cape Town who gave us a warm recep­tion and also for com­ing out to Kil­lar­ney Race­track to Help Dave with his bike.

Photo by Mary-Ann Palmer

A very spe­cial meet­ing with Dave and Anton van Rooyen who also lost his legs and was together with Dave Barr in the 1 Mil­i­tary Hos­pi­tal in Pre­to­ria. Next to them is also a spe­cial woman, Daphne, she was the nurse who looked after them. Incred­i­ble, the paths that life takes us on.

Photo by Mary-Ann Palmer


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.