Bridging Abilities is a non-profit company that caters for persons with physical and intellectual disabilities. We aim to foster personal and social development through Adaptive Physical Ability.
Whilst finishing her social work degree at Stellenbosch University, Toni, who has Cerebral Palsy, started in 2006 to envision a campsite where youth with different disabilities could come together to have fun but also to acquire new skills, further their existing abilities, play sport, receive guidance and socialize with other youths.
This desire was born out of her own experiences as a youngster having no place to go to during school holidays where she could interact with other children in the same situation. In 2009 during her winter holiday she volunteered at a sports and recreation camp in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, where she gained valuable experience, insight and knowledge.
At the start of 2012, after working in the corporate world for 18 months, Toni decided to work from home focusing her time on the administrative side of Bridging Abilities.
Toni also is a para-cyclist and represents South Africa at international competitions.
Dr. Candace Vermaak
Biokineticist who majored in sports and recreation for persons with disabilities in her undergraduate studies and rehabilitation for persons with disabilities in her post graduate studies. As she worked more and more with people with a disability her passion grew for the industry. In 2009, Candace completed her European Masters in Adapted Physical Activity (MPhil APA).
During her studies, Candace had an increasing desire to open up a centre and offer camps where persons with a disability are able to acquire new skills, develop as individuals and eventually live in the community as independently as possible. Upon Candace’s return from her Masters in Leuven, Belgium and Limerick, Ireland she met Toni and that’s where they decided to enter into a partnership and pursue their dream.
In 2016 Candace completed her PhD at the University of Stellenbosch. Her topic was bridging the gap between inpatient rehabilitation and community based health and wellness in spinal cord injured patients.
We are certified for BEE and can issue 18A Certificates.