Rolling out support worldwide
From the hilltribe villages of Myanmar to the desert terrain of Morocco to the Pilbara region of Western Australia, our influence around the world has been widespread—providing mobility to thousands of children and families in need, regardless of location, race or religion.
We partner with like-minded organisations to reach some of the most remote and rugged places on the planet.
Bringing mobility to remote communities
Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population are among the nation’s most marginalised people—and those with a disability are doubly disadvantaged, facing even greater economic inequality and diminished health outcomes.
Wheelchairs for Kids aim to expand their focus and reach within Australia and are currently formalising how best to achieve this.
So far, our chairs have reached as far as the Pilbara and Alice Springs, but with demand far outstripping supply, there is much work to be done.
Fostering connection and community for elderly volunteers in Australia
Around 800 retired men and women currently volunteer at Wheelchairs for Kids (250 in the workshop and 559 at home)—allowing us to minimise manufacturing and administrative costs and channel 100% of our funding towards our mission.
But it’s about more than costs. An essential part of Wheelchairs For Kids is fostering a sense of connection and belonging for our senior volunteers, many of whom report it is a ‘life-changing’ experience. Studies show that benefits for elderly volunteers include:
“We would like to say a big thank you for a gift of a wheelchair our daughter received from you last month, it will help her so much and reduces the burden of lifting her when going to church, school and other functions away from home.”