July 2018 News
A satellite workshop has now been established in Bangladesh over the past 18 months ( through Dr Gulam ) where WFK design wheelchairs are now being produced . WFK supplied a full set of design drawings and knowhow for workshop setup. This Bangladesh workshop is now up and running producing 50 wheelchairs per month.
Recent wheelchair shipments took place to Myanmar Leprosy Mission, Uganda, Denpasar, and Sumba.
During June we were visited at the workshop by a representative of the Philippines RSL organisation who presented us with a plaque thanking us for supplying wheelchairs to the needy of that country.
- Fund raising continued in various organisations supporting our cause.
- A local ballroom dance group
- Pointer Primary School
- A 100 year old lady on reaching that milestone age contributed the equivalent sum of 5 wheelchairs
- St Bernards Primary School of Kojonup raised the equivalent sum of 13 wheelchairs by way of a highly entertaining (town effort) walkathon
- Gosnells Womens Network
- A combined agencies wheelathon to Mt Kosciusko raised the equivalent sum of 12 wheelchairs.
- Pinjarra Golf Club Ladies charity day was organised and raised the equivalent sum of 13 wheelchairs
We are strongly supported by Victorian and NSW divisions of Rotary International. As an example of this, Rotaract (young Rotarians) in Mosman area organised a sausage sizzle and walkathon utilising a set of our wheelchairs at Wenona Girls school and raised an astounding sum equivalent to 75 wheelchairs.
Generous philanthropy continued for our cause.
In July, 30 wheelchairs were sent to Melbourne to supplement a container being assembled for transport to Cambodia. The container was assembled by other NGO’s and included a substantial quantity of medical equipment destined for Cambodian hospitals.
Our chassis Supplier advised that unfortunately there would be a shortfall in supply in August and WFK were investigating how to deal with this situation.
A very successful Saturday WFK sausage sizzle was held at the nearby Landsdale (Bunnings) hardware store and raised the equivalent of 6 wheelchairs.
On the same Saturday a WFK market stall was held at the Kalamunda Fair and raised the equivalent of 3 wheelchairs.
A very successful Quiz Night was held on Saturday 14th July and raised the equivalent of 24 wheelchairs in value.
Led by a very capable quiz leader Lance Nicolls, a gathering of over 200 participants were posed (sometimes quite amusing) questions which varied from history to geography, music, sport, politics, maths, current affairs.
A well supported auction took place for prizes ranging from government-house dinner vouchers to small electrical goods to hand-crafted items.
A copious supper was provided plus an enormous range of prizes were allotted to raffles and trick questions.
All prizes were donated by very generous local businesses.
Volunteers managed the total evening’s entertainment – even a professional auctioneer.
The over-all organisation of the function was carried out by Marie Cocks who put in many hours of her time leading up to and during the night.
Congratulations Marie –Well Done!!