Wheelchairs For Kids
According to United Nations World Health estimates, wheelchairs are desperately needed around the world for millions of severely disabled children throughout under-resourced countries of the world.
Wheelchairs For Kids (WFK) is an organisation whose mission is to manufacture and distribute wheelchairs to some of these children assisting them with the means to raise them off the ground from where they are presently confined, and gain a new level of freedom and mobility.
Many wheelchairs are actually needed, but every one supplied by WFK makes an enormous difference for one needy child.
WFK is made up of a group of retired volunteer members of the Perth metropolitan community in Western Australia.
It is a totally volunteer based organisation with no paid staff.
It is financed entirely from funds donated by members of the community, many different philanthropic individuals, businesses, clubs, schools, and government bodies.
Approximately 340 wheelchairs are produced every month (approximately 3550 per year) and they are then subsequently distributed world wide to these needy children.
These wheelchairs are locally designed specifically to conform with WHO guidelines. They are built specially for rough terrain, adjustable for the child’s size, with postural supports, head rest, harness, a waterproof cushion, tray, tool kit, plus a knee rug, and a knitted toy.
On delivery of the chairs to the receiving sites, agency and hospital personnel, therapists and individuals are involved in providing therapy in the field to ensure each ‘chair is correctly adjusted and fitted to the receiving child to ensure they are comfortable in their new chair.
For every $200 donated in support of the WFK program, a child gains a new wheelchair giving him or her this new experience of freedom of mobility for the first time in their life, and often easing the burden for personal carers.
If you can help in donating towards the WFK program, it would be greatly appreciated.
Should you wish to make a contribution, please refer to our DONATE page.
WFK is a project sponsored by the Rotary Club of Scarborough, WA
WFK is supported by the Christian Brothers
Main Consultant to WFK is – Motivation Australia. ( They have assisted us in the development and field testing of our adjustable wheelchair design suitable for use in rough terrain and conforming with WHO guidelines. )
A container with vital chair components due in February did not arrive as expected and necessitated a closure of the workshop from March 7th to 11th. A local plastics supplier (AFM ) was contacted by Ollie Picket and an order was placed on them to supply seat and seat back components to make up for… Continue Reading