We have now resumed production for 2019.
Through the efforts of Don Kidson and Russell Hayes (our WFK Victorian contact), we attended a briefing with DFAT in Canberra ACT to become familiar with the compulsory requirements for making an application for a grant. The proposed grant was to assist us financially with the manufacture and supply of our wheelchairs to overseas countries as an Australian Aid NGO initiative. Our application was submitted targeting needy East Timorese clients. Having diligently followed through the documentation, we were granted $51,470. This has now been implemented and as a result, a container of wheelchairs is now heading for Dili in East Timor on the 5th of March. Well done to all involved!
The WA regional director of DFAT visited the workshop a to observe the manufacturing process and appeared to be quite impressed.
Fund raising is continuing and promotion of the WW1 biplane pedal car raffle with is steadily heading for the March 17 prize draw. We have also been very actively continuing the WFK promotion at shopping centres and fairs. This has resulted in generous donations amounting to $9000 being collected at these venues.
We were visited by representatives of the Philipines Angeles City RSL. They perform facilitation for our wheelchairs among their many charitable functions.
Addressed by Mr Chris Weeks from that group, he mentioned some of their activities e.g. regular supply of medication to 8500 children, supply of prosthetic limbs, 700 hearing aids, and changing the lives of 1000’s of children with WFK wheelchairs..