Wheelchairs For Kids

The Rotary Club of Emerald & District supported by Emerald Ritchie’s IGA and the Emerald community have partnered to make a difference for children in need of a wheelchair.

We extend our thanks to Ritchie’s IGA EMERALD, for more than 140 wheelchairs from 2008 to 2015!

In 1998 the Rotary Club of Scarborough in Western Australia saw a need to build and supply wheelchairs to impoverished and disabled children in developing countries across the world.  Wheelchairs are built by volunteer labour and co-ordinated by the Rotary Club of Scarborough WA.

Between 1998 and 2012, 21,468 wheelchairs have been gifted to impoverished, disabled kids world- wide

To the kids that receive the chairs, the result is life changing. Where previously many of them had to be carried, they now have freedom to move.

The gift of the chair is the gift that keeps giving. By giving the child mobility, not only do they gain some freedom, but also the opportunity for an education. Their carer is also freed to work to help support the family.

The Rotary Club of Emerald and District has embraced this great project, and through the generousity of the Ritchies IGA Supermarket, involved the Emerald community in the project. Ritchies IGA have a Community Benefit scheme, donating a percentage of a sale to a customer’s designated charity.The Rotary Club placed a Wheelchair in Ritchies IGA with a collection tin, and tags enabling shoppers to direct their Community Benefit to the Wheelchair project.

The Rotary Club of Emerald and District would like to thank Ritchies IGA and the Emerald Community for their support.

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