Welcome to the Bridging Abilities website.
Bridging Abilities was started in 2010 by Candace Vermaak and Toni Mould. Both women had a vision of enriching the lives of people with disabilities through sport and recreation. (For more info on the full story visit our About Us page.)
Bridging Abilities is involved in the community in two ways:
- Sports and recreation days Currently sport and recreation events are held twice a year one in March and one in either August or September. Learners from schools that specialise in special needs (Education for Learners with Special Educational Needs (ELSEN)) from around Stellenbosch, Somerset West and Cape Town attend the events. The events are mainly hosted in Stellenbosch. Children from all ability levels attend with the ultimate goal being to gain experience in different sports and recreational activities, whilst at the same time having a blast! Our camps in March focus mainly on recreational activities, whilst the camp in August or September on different Paralympic sports. However both camps contain an element of recreation and sport. One of Bridging Abilities dreams is also to host weekend and week-long camps, where the children can come and enjoy a variety activities away from home with their friends. This however is dependent on additional funding and accessible facilities that cater for people with disabilities.
Thus far our work has been well received by the attendees of our events. Here are some of their responses:
“We are so very grateful to the amazing team at Bridging Abilities for the incredible work they did with our children on Heritage day. Our children loved their time! Thank you!” ~ Bizweni Centre for disabled children
“Thank you Bridging Abilities for your energy and enthusiasm, but mostly, thanks for putting a smile on Lia’s face.” ~ Fiona Khan
“Beautiful photos… Thank you Bridging Abilities for what you do for our kids.” ~ Zelda Hansen, Athlone School for the Blind
“So much joy on his face! Thanks Bridging Abilities.” Dylan Solomon, Tembaletu School
‘Everything was very well organized and on time. The outdoor activities were appropriate for our more mobile kids and it seemed that they had a lot of fun. There were some really great ideas for activities for the more severely disabled. Well done!! We realize that it is really challenging.’ Senecio
- Adapted Physical Activity (APA) Community Groups for Adults
Another dream of Bridging Abilities is to be able to provide people with disabilities with opportunities to engage in regular physical activity (PA) to foster independence through an active and healthy lifestyle. We therefore started with physical activity groups in various communities. The groups started out by focusing on persons with spinal cord injury, however through word of mouth people with various disabilities have already joined in the fun. The groups are open to anyone would like to be physically active within the different communities. The groups meet twice a week to work on different aspects such as cardiovascular endurance, strength, flexibility and functional abilities.
Our work is solely dependent on donations and we would like to thank the following sponsors for making all of this possible.