The VoQol Project
While most people are using the latest technologies to improve their efficiency or simply for greater convenience, there are others for whom these technologies can be a life-changer. Coral Tech has launched the VoQoL (Voice-activated Quality of Life) project, which uses the latest voice-activated devices from companies like Amazon to provide quadriplegic and paraplegic individuals with a much greater level of independence in their daily lives.
During 2017, Coral Tech tested VoQoL systems at various care-homes around Cape Town. With a wonderful group of volunteer test candidates, we installed voice-activated devices in their rooms, integrating these devices with various smart devices to control lights, TVs, fans, radios etc. As soon as the installations were completed, our candidates found they could now control many of the functions in their rooms just by speaking to the voice device. It’s a simple as saying “turn on the light” or “turn on channel 2”. This provided a major improvement in their personal independence, dramatically lowering the need for them to call for assistance for many of their daily activities.
Since the start of 2018, we’ve now installed over 60 VoQol systems in both residential care homes (including Turfhall Cheshire Home and Andries Olivier Durbanville Quadriplegic Centre), as well as in private homes. In October 2018, the VoQoL was awarded a prize in the prestigious SA Breweries Social Innovations Awards – Disability Category.
*** Cheshire Home Summerstrand is excited to announce that 5 of these life-changing systems have also been installed at our Home in August, generously sponsored by SA Breweries! Residents Sandy Pollard, Petrus Le Grange, Jackson Gqomo, Dan Mkele and Robert Zeelie are so grateful for the positive impact this had made on their daily lives!
WELCOME TO OUR CHARITY SHOPS:
CLOTHES GALORE & WOT NOT SHOP
(7 Gomery Avenue, Summerstrand)
Various quality branded handbags/travel luggage, shoes, kids bags
for sale at bargain prizes!
We gladly accept donations of unwanted items, pre-loved clothes, linen & any household items.
MONDAY – FRIDAY 10 – 2PM
PLEASE CONTACT THE HOME ON 041 583 2183 for more info!
From the Manager's Desk...
Will Smith said:
“Life isn’t how many breaths you take,
but it’s the moments that take your breath away.”
In August, we put out an appeal on Facebook, to bless Petrus with a second-hand TV. A special friend on Facebook read this message, which created a wave of donations, and within 24 hours we had R3 600 in our bank account for a TV!
One of our local retailers had a special “Two Telefunken TVs for R3 800”. On Tuesday 20 August (on Petrus’ birthday), we bought him his very own brand new TV and purchased one for Isabella too!
Watching members of public and friends so generously donate to this cause, took my breath away! Handing Petrus and Isabella their TVs – took my breath away. The other TVs which were donated to our Home, for Petrus, Johan, Gary and Estee – were all moments that took my breath away.
Thank you friends – for reaching out and making a difference. This is what PE is known for – being the most generous and kind hearted Community! Thank you to one and all!
We are extremely excited about what lies ahead in the month of September – hold on tight:
- Casual Day – Time to Shine – on 6 September. Get your sticker now for only R10!
- Folk You Fest on 7 September at the Home with Doron Blackman (Hebrew Order of David) and his talented friends at 6 pm.
- Wellness Day on 11 September at the Home.
- MW Wheels Braai at Cheshire for our residents on 13 September.
- Annual Nedbank Cheshire Home Summerstrand Golf Day on 20 September at PE Golf Club. Contact me to donate prizes and to enter a 4-ball.
- Klinicare Foundation / Kanonkop food and wine pairing evening on 24 September at the Radisson Blu Hotel– contact me for more details.
- Heritage Day on 24 September.
- Poison Dwarf Braai and cheque handover on 28 September at the Home.
- Book Sale on 28 September at the Home from 9-1 pm, all books R10 and less! Pancakes @ R5!
The above events are again all made possible through the warmth and generosity of our wonderful friends in PE. Your support at these events will be greatly enjoyed and valued.
Wishing you a happy warm and safe Spring month…don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers.
Casual Day - Friday 6 September
CASUAL DAY THEME 2019:
“TIME TO SHINE” WITH PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
We are inviting YOU to go with your glow on Casual Day 2019…from the sparkle in your eyes to the bright neon of your outfits. To encourage everyone to shine their light and take up their rights! No longer are persons with disabilities to be relegated to the shadows, this year we call on YOU to stand out, to be visible, to live loud and be seen!
The theme of TIME TO SHINE sets out to achieve many things:
- to highlight and showcase the brilliance that’s created when South Africans unite behind a truly great cause
- to encourage people to shine their light and take up their rights.
Of every R10 sticker we sell for Casual Day we get R4. The balance goes into a national fund for the support of disability. We will be able to use the funds we raise for the direct benefit of the 57 disabled adults we care for at Cheshire Home Summerstrand, and the 22 disabled children at our outreach project Khaya Cheshire in Walmer Township.
Please contact us for stickers and posters as soon as possible so you can start selling early. This year we invite you to visit the Home on Casual Day and “Shine” with our residents. We sincerely hope that YOU will support us on Casual Day.
For more info and stickers please phone Deidre, Glenda or Silest on 041 583 2183!