Cleaning Africa sponsors 2011 Ama Wheelies Golf Day

Saturday 14 May 2011 saw the first locally hosted golf day for the Ama Wheelies, held at Lydenburg Golf Course.

The day was a huge success and Cleaning Africa Services was in good company, with sponsors, donors and doers both local and from around the country stepping up to the plate.

The golf day was specifically in aid of raising funds to purchase a quad-friendly vehicle, without which the Ama Wheelies have been experiencing serious transport limitations.

Unfortunately, the vehicle didn’t become an immediate reality, but huge awareness and support for the Ama Wheelies were created by the golf day as well as the parade through the town of Lydenburg.

Overall, more than R120 000,00 was raised on the day which was without doubt the most successful fund raiser these wheelchair farmers ever hosted. Most of the donations were in the form of much-needed farming equipment and computers for their training center which will both go a long way to helping these plucky wheelchair farmers of Thaba Chweu, who were exceptionally thankful.

The golf day and the lead up to it featured strongly on Twitter with well-wishes from as far afield as Spain sending in messages of support.

With their inspiring spirit, determination and gathering support base (of whom Cleaning Africa is super proud to be considered a part of), we’re certain that the Ama Wheelies farming community will continue to grow and shine as a beacon of hope for wheelchair – and able-bodied – people all over the world.

Ama Wheelies - the wheelchair farmers extraordinaire
Ama Wheelies – the wheelchair farmers extraordinaire

Ama Wheelies is a registered NPO in terms of the Non-profit Organizations Act as a section 21 company registration no 2008/021003/08. NPO number 083-504. Find out more about their incredible achievements on their blog at Ama Wheelies: The Wheelchair Farmers of Thaba Chweu – where you may also donate if you wish to support this worthy cause.

How does an Eagle change its feathers?

When needs must, it seems.  Because what began as just another golf fundraising day, has developed into a soaring relationship – and a chameleon eagle, of sorts.

It was at their Golf Day at Southdown’s Golf Course in Johannesburg on 11 November 2010 where Midge and some of the Cleaning Africa partners were first introduced to and became a champion of the Ama Wheelies.

Perhaps three is a lucky number: Midge loves golf, is a bird lover and has high regard for those who beat the odds.

And this day provided all three … in spades.

The golf was great with excellent company.  There was an auction with an amazing black eagle artwork that caught his eye.  Especially as it was created by Henry Blighnaut, a foot-and-mouth artist using a profile cutter operated by a stick that he held in his mouth.  Midge was sold. He won the bid and proudly took the eagle back to his offices of Cleaning Africa Thuŝanang to hang in pride of place.

What he wasn’t prepared for was the complaints and strong feelings from some of the staff – saying that the black eagle symbolised bad witchcraft and made them very uncomfortable.

There was no other way around it.  The eagle had to undergo an identity change and so it did; re-emerging as a fine specimen of a fish eagle.

Coincidence or not?  Since the eagle changed its feathers, Cleaning Africa’s fortunes seem to soar once again.  New contracts were signed, making it possible to renew Cleaning Africa’s commitments to BEE and the community, allowing more donations and support for the Ama Wheelies.