Rotary Club of Walnut Creek provides wheelchairs to those in need

 

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January 15, 2018
The Rotary Club of Walnut Creek has launched its second annual Wheelchair Project, which provides all-terrain wheelchairs to needy disabled children and adults in Central America. Wheelchairs are purchased through the nonprofit Wheelchair Foundation (Danville, CA) and shipped by ocean container to Central America. Last year, local Rotarians traveled to Costa Rica to participate in the delivery process; this year, wheelchairs will be delivered to those in need in Puerto Cortes, Honduras.

According to the Wheelchair Foundation, an estimated 100 million children, teens, and adults worldwide need a wheelchair, but cannot afford one. With the help of Rotary clubs around the globe, the Wheelchair Foundation has delivered more than 1,060,000 wheelchairs worldwide to those in need, changing the lives of hundreds of thousands people with the gifts of mobility and independence.

This year's fundraising efforts are now underway with a goal of $16,500 to purchase 110 wheelchairs that will be transported in a 20-foot container. To date, $10,000 has been raised and the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek is reaching out to community members who want to be a part of helping those in need. Donors can purchase:

• one chair with a $150 donation.
• one-half chair with a $75 donation.
• two wheels with a $50 donation.
• one wheel with a $25 donation.
 
Checks can be made out to the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek Community Foundation with "Wheelchair Project" in the memo line and mailed to Rotary Club of Walnut Creek, PO Box 4191, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. For more information about the Wheelchair Project and the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek, visit http:// www.rotarywc.org, or http://www.wheelchairfoundation.org, or call 925.648.3888.
 
"The Rotary's motto is 'Service Above Self' and its goal is to make positive, lasting change at home and abroad to better the world," says Trudy Triner, president of the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek. "When I had an opportunity to go to Costa Rica to help deliver the wheelchairs purchased by Rotarian donations, I saw firsthand how we are making the world better for children whose parents had previously carried them in their arms and elderly people who had been house-bound."
 
To date, the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek has helped raise $33,000 and delivered 220 wheelchairs to Costa Rica. Young Esteban Ramirez Torres received his very first wheelchair through the Rotary's Wheelchair Project. 
 
"I am proud every day to be a Rotarian," says Triner, "but I was especially proud when I saw the smile on the face of Esteban, who said he could now go down the road by himself for the first time to visit his friends!"
 
Rotary Club of Walnut Creek, www.rotarywc.org
Pledging itself to Service Above Self, Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. On the local level, among a wide number and variety of activities, the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek hosts student exchange programs, provides student scholarships, works with Meals on Wheels, and holds an annual Crab Feed fundraiser with proceeds donated directly back to community and international service efforts. Internationally, Rotary Club of Walnut Creek works to eradicate polio; deliver safe, healthy water to underserved communities; and provide wheelchairs to needy disabled children, teens, and adults in Central America.
 
The Wheelchair Foundation, www.wheelchairfoundation.org
The Wheelchair Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable division of the Behring Global Education Foundation, has a goal to provide a free wheelchair to every child, teen, and adult worldwide who needs one but who has no means to acquire one.
Contact:
Trudy Triner, President, Rotary Club of Walnut Creek
(925) 899-0809