We’re excited to announce that Barney’s Army Cyclists are teaming up with the Andries Olivier Durbanville Quadriplegic Centre to raise funds
Anthony has been a resident of the Andries Olivier Durbanville Quadriplegic Centre since February 2002. He was born and raised in Edenvale until his family relocated to Fish Hoek in 1990.
Anthony was a particularly talented cricket player, playing his favourite sport 6 days a week in summer. He also loved the beach and reflects on hours spent body surfing and playing in the waves during school holidays in particular.
On 7 June 1992, while travelling back from a picnic with his school friends, the open bakkie in which they were driving rolled when the driver lost control of the vehicle. While Anthony can’t remember much of the accident, he does remember lying on the ground having difficulty breathing and being unable to feel his body. He was taken to hospital where they discovered that he had dislocated and compressed his 4th vertebrae which severed his spinal cord.
He became very involved in QAWC who had changed their name to the QuadPara Association of the Western Cape and ended up chairing the organisation. Once his term as Chairman was over, QAWC advertised the position of Project Manager, for which he applied and became the successful candidate.
Before his accident, Anthony wanted to study psychology or social work. He continues to work at QAWC where he has been promoted to General Manager. His job sees him travel extensively around the Western Cape as well as make regular visits to Johannesburg and Durban. As he is a very tall guy with a big wheelchair that is steered by a specialised chin control, he faces many challenges when he travels and has a number of hair-raising stories and tales to tell.
Anthony recently completed his term as Chairman of the Facility Board of the Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre. He also chairs the Western Cape Network on Disability, an organisation made up of approximately 70 NPO’s across the province that offers services to persons with disabilities.
Anthony has looked after our relationship with the Department of Social Development for a number of years and we are proud that they recognise us as a valuable partner, always asking for input and assistance on issues related to residential facilities for persons with physical disabilities.
As Treasurer for 3 years running, he keeps a watchful eye on our finances and ensures that we remain compliant with relevant institutions. He is a confident public speaker and over the years has assumed the unofficial role of speaker and MC at most of our events.
Anthony looks back at his own development and growth and puts much of the success he has achieved down to the massive positive influence that the Centre has played in his life over the past 18 years. He feels that it is a privilege to live in the Centre and is proud of the achievements of the residents, past and present, who have transformed the Centre into a facility of which to be proud.
Anthony is a gregarious being and loves being outdoors. He often arranges gatherings on the spur of the moment amongst residents and workers. He is hard-working and we often rely on his general expertise and advice in the House. He always has the House’s best interest at heart.