September 2017 Newsletter
- In the first week of September, our much anticipated parts supply from China arrived in 2 containers and were very quickly unloaded by a team of able-bodied volunteers over 2 days. Production immediately commenced, hoping to make up our production shortfall caused by the shipment delay.
- On Wednesday 6th of September 2 WFK volunteers set up a display booth at a function held in Perth CBD at the Pan Pacific Hotel. A conference entitled “AFRICA DOWN UNDER” was in progress where visiting delegates from Africa were meeting with local Western Australian business community members.
Our booth was one of two NGO organisations invited to attend and promote each others organisation to these delegates. Our two volunteers gained the opportunity to meet these visiting delegates and promote our wheelchair and our international distribution network to developing countries, especially African nations. Valuable new contacts were made and should result in more disabled children benefiting from our unique wheelchair.
- 13th September -Containers of wheelchairs were prepared and exported to Indonesia.
- A very successful Quiz Night organised for WFK by Koondoola Mercy College was held in their sports arena. Senior college students ably assisted school staff in the management of what was a very well attended function.
- Following our recent purchase of a new NCR milling machine, it was installed in No. 5 workshop. Our expert volunteers in this field carried out programming and commissioning . Special purpose jigs were fabricated and installed.
- 20th September-Dr Luke from the Democratic Republic of the Congo paid a visit to the workshop and addressed the assembled volunteers.He thanked everyone for their support and voluntary work in providing wheelchairs for disabled children of his country explaining their very acute financial situation where these children could not normally afford a wheelchair of any sort, but were benefiting immensely from our wheelchairs donations.
- 20th Sept – Morocco Women’s Leadership Alumni program participants are helping with 15 wheelchairs to be built and adjusted in Bayan-ulgii. There is a male nurse from the region who is going to help with adjustments. It is in one of the furthest provinces of Mongolia.
They are now planning to distribute these wheelchairs to Hovd and South gobi soums in September/October. Also,whenever there are requests from the city, they will be making arrangements to adjust and distribute the chairs there as well. All the chairs being distributed in Mongolia are all from two containers despatched this week. 166 wheelchairs from the first one are being issued directly to children already identified with disabilities.
- A very generous furniture business operator in the Osborne Park area has kindly donated $4,800 towards wheelchairs for kids.
This money has been raised from regular proportionate amounts taken from the sale of their furniture. Again, a very generous and thoughtful action by these people and we would like to genuinely thank them for their donation.