On 17 October 2017, August Schmiedeskamp Jnr – CEO of “Ball for All” – wrote “I want more friends”….
Elmarie’s first reaction was “Let’s bring to the stage a play, with you and all your friends”, but corrected herself immediately with “Let’s organise a dance for you and all your friends”…..
August immediately responded with “Let’s call it “Ball for All”. “
The first design image that was presented to August – as – in Elmarie’s mind – “Ball for All” – a dance for August and about 20 of his friends – a fun Disco – one Saturday evening.
August has very definite ideas in life, and very high standards. He did not want to hurt anyone’s feelings – started by writing – he likes the design of the logo, the dancealong slogan and the little wheelchair image
but…… the background was not to his liking. He wrote “More formal please?” Little did we know – it was not only the background August referred to….
Second attempt at the background – we liked the idea of something like this, however – the dresses seemed to lack some colour
Third and final attempt at the background image for the “Ball for All” 2018 web site –
To the question “Would you like to change anything, August?” – August wrote “Hell no!”
The hunt for a suitable venue commenced – a mammoth task. Third attempt lucky – and the decision was made – “Voortrekker” Hall, Wierda Park it will be.
The Guests of Hounour were invited – and for the first time in our team’s history of organizing anything -áll the guests of honour immediately accepted the invitation.
- Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary H.E. Mr Beka Dvali Ambassador of the Republic of Georgia in the Republic of South Africa as well as eleven other countries
- Mr Ari Seirlis CEO QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA)
- Ms Wheelchair World 1st Princess Lebohang Monyatsi known as Lee Elle
- Ms Emilie Olifant – Entrepreneur, Voice-over Artist, Inspirational Speaker; Author, Founder and CEO at Emilie Olifant Foundation
- Celebrities and Motivational Speakers Heugene Murray and
- Tania van Twisk
- Doctor and Mrs Jaco Viljoen
Diva Liesl Marx-Davel immediately agreed to co-ordinate the performers, Shaun Wilkinson kindly agreed to be the MC and Steve Slaughter from Qué Séra Music & Dance offered his and his team’s services for the lighting and sound.
David Lombaard owner of De La Vida Dance Studio and Tania van Twisk were invited to do a ballroom dance at the event – and they were amazing! They practised for hours on end, and the end result was world class.
It became clear, that this was going to be the event of a life time.
August wrote – All he wants, is for all wheelchair users and amputees, their partners, relatives and friends, to enjoy a classy, relaxed, enjoyable evening, where the guests feel at home, and know – the evening and dance floor are totally theirs.
The following volunteers rolled up their sleeves, and assisted greatly – ensuring the amazing success of “Ball for All” 2018. Mega thanks once again, to each and everyone of you – without you we could never have pulled off the beautiful “Ball for All” 2018.
Neva Kelly Petra Jaarsma Lemmer Anli Ehlers
Minnie de Beer Riana Kelly Smal Marius Ehlers Christine Bester
Soloists from Hoërskool Zwartkop Ilana Hattingh Annelize Groenewald
Danté Ludick and Heinrich Ehlers as well as
Lidel Lombaard from Hoërskool Eldoraigne entertained the guests and
Diva Liesl Marx Davel honoured us with two beautiful songs.
Sponsors of the event were approached, and once again – God’s immense grace and love for all the guests of the event, became very clear.
Our Team on “Casual Day 2018”
“Ball for All” Everyday Heroes
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We aim to DV – host a “Ball for All” Dance in Pretoria East, Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth in 2019.
Read all about “Ball for All” 2019
Very exciting – we’re working on establishing a Dance Federation for differently abled South Africans.
Read all about “Ball for All” Dance Federation
In the process, we’ll start working on – God willing, training wheelchair users and amputees, to earn a living in the hospitality industry.
Read all about “Ball for All” Training
We are very aware of the fact, that our plans are very ambitious, but we have total faith in our heavenly Father, as we know and believe that – if these initiatives are part of His Plan, they will succeed.
Here’s to every single wheelchair user and amputee in South Africa – may it become possible for us to reach each and everyone of you, as we would like you to join in the amazing fun, exhilaration and joy of