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“A man must understand evil and be acquainted with sorrow before he can write himself an optimist and expect others to believe he has reason for the faith that is in him…. My optimism then does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good that it may prevail.”
Helen Keller, 1903 

Brian Rogers

Brian Rogers

Brian Rogers had a distinguished marketing and advertising career as the marketing head of three major South African food companies (Simba, Willards and Beacon) and a VP - Strategic Planning and Co-ordination for an international advertising agency (McCann-Erickson Worldwide) for whom he was based in the Far East and the UK. He was also a founding partner in a South African advertising agency (Open Communication) which was celebrated for its achievements by its peers.

Today his commitment to trauma healing and building resilience and resourcefulness is entirely by choice.  He is inspired by example and personally “fought the beast” as he would say - living with post-traumatic stress, through much of his life. In 2005/6, following his emergence from a particularly overwhelming time, Brian was fortuitously asked to help out with a school charity auction. This led to a way of life in which Brian raised millions for charities and causes, offered him “mission and purpose” and rebuilt his own personal self-esteem through his company Forthecauseofit Auctioneers.

For the last year two years Brian has invested in studying and being advised by experts from around the world, seeking ways to increase the healing footprint in South African build personal and community resilience and life skills and support those PTSD, trauma injury, moral and soul ailments.

Ian Gross

Ian GrossIan Gross has a long career in business having worked predominantly in the Engineering, Petroleum, IT and Printing industries and having held a number of senior positions in different disciplines along the way. Ian has also owned his own businesses and is an experienced business manager and entrepreneur with a number of business related qualifications.

Ian joined the National Sea Rescue Institute in 1986 and moved through the ranks from crewman, Coxswain, Deputy Station Commander and Station Commander. This is a purely voluntary organisation to aid those in peril on the sea and he is currently still an active volunteer at the V&A Waterfront station in Cape Town 27 years later.
Ian is a qualified NLP Practitioner and Practitioner in Spectrum Therapy.


 Marion Nixon BA Hons, H Dip Lib Sc, BTh, MA (Religious Studies)

Marion NixonMarion’s passion is to help people put their lives back on track. This led her from her study of theology and religious studies into the hands-on world of holistic health.  Her training in natural health started in 1996, and is on-going.  She has studied under South African and visiting international trainers.

Marion is trained in different methods of trauma relief, covering somatic and emotional release methods as well as conventional debriefing. She has an excellent working knowledge of complementary health modalities and can assess their relevance to the work of trauma relief. As a volunteer Trauma de-briefing counsellor with the ‘Survivors of Crime’ team at Rondebosch SAPS, Marion avails herself of every opportunity in continuous trauma training.

Marion founded and teaches in the Namikoshi School of Shiatsu, runs an holistic health practice, and a corporate stress management programme. 


Cedric Hedgcock

Ced HedgcockCedric received a cervical injury in a motor vehicle accident in 1977, yet that did not deter him from a notable business career. He was grounded in Marketing and Sales (FMCG & Medical detailing), was a director and shareholder of a successful BMW Dealership for two years (Natal Motors (Pty) Ltd, Empangeni, 1985-1986), owned and ran a retail business (Animal Feeds & Saddlery) for seven years before selling up, and has been doing strategic planning, staff management, fundraising, budgeting, and accounting duties for the past twenty years for the QuadPara Association of KwaZulu-Natal.


Currently Cedric Hedgcock is the Chief Executive Officer of the QuadPara Association of KZN and…

  • A member of the KZN Disability Forum
  • The KZN Representative on the National Board of the QuadPara Association of South Africa.
  • Treasurer of the `QuadPara Association of South Africa’ (Twelve years)

His passion for community and social responsibility, particularly amongst the disabled community is mirrored by his distinguished record of action and involvement.

  • Founding Chairman & Board member of Wheelchairs KZN,
  • Vice-Chairman of the KZN Federal Council on Disability,
  • Treasurer of the KZN Federal Council on Disability,
  • Treasurer of the QuadPara Association of KZN,
  • Secretary of the Pinetown Development Forum,
  • Member of the Provincial Forum on Disability
  • Member of the Assistive Devices Distribution Committee of KZN.
  • Founding Chairman & Board member of Community Based Rehabilitation Education and Training for Empowerment” (CREATE) in Pietermaritzburg.


Frank Kruger

Frank Kruger

After matriculating from Dawnview High School in 1982, Frank was the imports and perishable buyer for Makro, and Area Sales Manager for Metro Cash & Carry until 1989 when he became disabled through a virus in his spinal cord which caused Posterior and Artery Spinal Syndrome.

After that Frank ran a food hamper packaging business, and marketed various products, before joining the QuadPara Association of KwaZulu-Natal in 1993. During this time Frank also worked for DaimlerChrysler as a pricing analyst for five years.

Together with Cedric Hedgcock, Frank was a driving force behind the establishment of the 17 dwelling self-sufficient Ashley Village in Pinetown, where he and his wife live and raised their four children.


Past Community Involvements

  • Chairman & Board member of the ‘QuadPara Association of KZN’,
  • Board member of the ‘QuadPara Association of S.A.’
  • Chairman of the KZN Pigeon Combine.

Current Employment

New Business, Public Relations, and Marketing Manager tor of the QuadPara Association of KZN since 2006.

This includes all media and marketing functions, fundraising and donor management, and event planning for the Association.

Frank also manages the staff and transport functions at the Associations’ Ashley Village accommodation facility for quadriplegics.


Shadley Abrahams

Rescue Paramedic (ACLS instructor, PALS, NRP, PEPP, ACLS and Rescue certified)

Shadley Abrahams has considerable personal experience of the traumatic effects of accidents and other incidents on both sides of emergency medical intervention – those involved in the actual events, and those who witness the events as emergency personnel.

He was employed as a senior rescue paramedic with Metro Rescue Services from 1988 to 2005, where he responded to many rescue related calls including but not limited to mountain, sea, cave, vehicle entrapment as well as medivacs (evacuation by fixed wing and rotor wing).

He then went international working as HOD EMS for King Fahad Medical City in Riyadh Saudi Arabia before transferring to the Saudi Arabian North West Armed Forces.

In 2006 Shadley joined North West Armed Forces Hospital as Deputy Supervisor and worked there for two years.

From 2009 to 2010 he worked as a rescue paramedic for South African Paramedic Service.

Following deployment by global emergency medical company Falck Denmark he worked for National Ambulance Company in Abu Dhabi and also did training there for the allied forces deploying to Afghanistan.

At present he is back in South Africa working for the South African Paramedic Service on contract to Transocean Marianas Oil Rig.