Elzibe and Justin are our two latest wheelchair recipients in South Africa. Elzibe has ties to Parow High School, who are committed collectors for Bread Tags for Wheelchairs there, so she wanted her photo taken with some of the students from the school. Our wheelchair tally now stands at 72 funded by Aussie bread tag recycling.
Our latest batch of wheelchairs has been provided to clients of Includid in South Africa : Gert, Petrus, Sally, Toscha and Annie. Includid’s mission is to enable and empower people with intellectual disabilities. This takes our total number of Aussie funded wheelchairs to 61.
During April our longest serving regular colour sorter celebrated her 94th birthday! Jean still gets through a heap of tags each week. We have three ladies over 90 as well as several others sorting for us at home. In Adelaide, the Transition to Work program at Sunedin Special School and The Wirreanda Secondary School’s Adaptive Vocational Education program also sort for us, as well as the (self named!) Old Codgers group at Glynde Lutheran Homes. In Melbourne, Phillip and Linda sort at home and in Perth Dianella Secondary College Education Support Centre and Aveley Secondary College do our bulk colour sorting. Quite a team!
We have recently been able to fund wheelchairs for Luca and Mpho, who are both living with cerebral palsy and Keenan, who has a heart condition. This takes our Aussie grand total to 50 wheelchairs – keep up the good work, bread tag collectors!
In addition to providing wheelchairs in South Africa, we have recently been able to help fund an outreach program in PNG through Motivation Australia, performing assessment, fittings and follow up for prosthetic and orthotic users, wheelchair and walking aid users.
Big wheelchair news today. We have reached a milestone – 40 wheelchairs funded! These lovely messages are from parents in Jordan, where we had provided five wheelchairs through Wheelchairs for Kids: “On behalf of my son Fouad, I offer sincere thanks and appreciation for those who worked on providing us with a wheelchair that supports his learning needs. The chair has helped him sit in a better and safer which is improving his writing capabilities.” Fouad’s mother. “Thank you to the Australian Organization ‘Wheel Chairs for Kids’ for providing us with a wheelchair. The chair has positively impacted our son who is now able to sit properly and safely, whether to have meals or write on the table attached to his chair.” We have now funded a further five wheelchairs through Wheelchairs for Kids, currently under construction in their workshop, and one more in South Africa for a Diabetes Support Group.