Support for Wheelchairs for Kids 2017
From humble beginnings in 1966, Wheelchairs for Kids, a project of the Rotary Club of Scarborough, has now grown to where the workshop produces up to 350 wheelchairs a month for disabled children all over the world.
To date over 36,000 wheelchairs have been produced, all to WHO standards. Chairs are built for rough terrain and are completely adjustable for children of all sizes and accommodate their growing needs.
In developing countries, where health care and other social services are poor to non-existent, raising a child with a disability presents a significant burden to the whole family. Without a wheelchair a child can be housebound and a burden for a carer, usually the mother. The gift of a wheelchair gives twice. It not only presents the child with freedom but also frees the carer to work and contribute to the family income.
There are 180 retired men and women, who volunteer their time and expertise manufacturing the wheelchairs throughout the week. Each day there is an average of 44 volunteers at the manufacturing workshops. In addition, there is a large cohort of volunteers carrying out support services. These include such important aspects as cutting and sewing covers for the wheelchair seat back and restraint cushions, crocheting, knitting and sewing individual knee rugs and the knitting and sewing of soft toys
Chairs cost about $200 each and funding is always needed. Wheelchairs has now become a major project of Rotary around the world and is supported by hundreds of clubs. Personal donations are tax deductible as Wheelchairs for Kids is a registered children’s charity.
International Committee member Udo presented Wheelchairs for Kids CEO Gordon with our annual donation.