Like most organisations worldwide, Wheelchairs For Kids have been severely affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our Dellamarta Rd workshop has been shut down since March 17th 2020, being unable to function normally.
Key staff have managed to guide the organisation through April through to August.
Some major donations have been received during this down time, showing people’s continued belief in our organisation. Notable donations of $25000, others of $20000 and $11000 have been gratefully received.
Many thanks to Melinda whose organisation has introduced a new email system resulting in new donors coming on board to further boost our fund-raising activities.
Coates Hire and Ascot Sign-writing have jointly donated an amazing large furniture trailer emblazoned with our Logo and details. This will be used to present ourselves at various community functions enabling transport of promotional equipment including a quantity of wheelchairs for use at wheel-a-thons.
These items further exemplify our solid support from WA private and interstate individuals and commerce.
Topping off our run of incredible support during these difficult times, we have received mortgage support for the purchase of a workshop facility. It is located at 10 Buckingham Drive Wangara in WA, and was previously occupied by Coventry Motors and Australia Post.
Development drawings of equipment and architectural layouts were carried out and various contractors were engaged for installation work over the last 3 months. Remedial work took place in the new building included skylight replacement, floor resurfacing, electrical supplementation work, touch-up painting and minor brickwork repairs. All equipment at our old workshop has been transferred to the new workshop which is now ready for occupation.
This building gives us the advantages of a larger working space, on one single site, ample parking space, a permanent morning tea area, good office and kitchen spaces and a conference room.
The coming months will hopefully see the COVID-19 effects diminish and a gradual return to normal production at our new facility.