Containers of wheelchairs were sent to Morroco and Zambia.
Our regular numbers card system has managed to now bring in a total of $3600.
School fund-raising continues with a large combined schools wheel-a-thon being planned to be held in a shortly. Ollie is heavily involved generating considerable interest from a variety of schools. Acquinas College is organising a Charity fund raising day from which WFK will benefit. Rossmoyne Senior High School Rotaract group donated $2000 as a result of lunch time fund raising efforts.
Mercy College Koondoola heavily support our cause every second year by running a Quiz Night. This was held during May. Organising the evening was the responsibility of senior year students and it was once again a great success raising $4000! Heartfelt thanks to the college!.
A WFK stalwart volunteer, Beppie DeKuyer recently received an award for her 21 years dedicated support of WFK, in the form of a framed certificate with her named engraved onto a perpetual trophy entitled “The Dr Michael Chin Humanitarian “ award. The award is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Karrinup and recognises outstanding service to the community. Her name now appears alongside prominent community awardees like Fiona Wood! Well done Beppie!
Another WFK volunteer , physiotherapist Liz Noordhoek, recently spent 10 days in Laos and 1 week in Mauritius training therapists to adjust and fit disabled children to our wheelchairs.
We are deeply grateful to the continuing efforts of our ladies sewing group who continue to support our cause. They now number 72 volunteers!
A group or volunteers recently helped raise funds by assisting with parking control at the WA BMX Super Series No2 competitions.
Our organisation is continually being promoted through the efforts of Gerry McCarthy organising displays at local large shopping centres manned by volunteers, where we present photographic banners, distribute information pamphlets and seek funds through tin collections. Most recently our Whitfords Shopping Centre display raised $1627.
We are now in the process of organising the despatch of a small number of wheelchairs to isolated Northern Aboriginal settlements. Possibly this could lead to further WFK orders in Australia.
A group of Curtin University students have shown an interest in assisting WFK by taking part in a training workshop at our Wangara centre with a view to learning about fitting the wheelchairs to disabled clients and taking that knowledge and applying it in three Asian countries. They will be self-funded and will assist overseas therapists in the process of tailoring each wheelchair to individual client needs.
Our Overseas Aid project in East Timor is now taking place with the delivery of the first units .to sites including Balibo