A GROUP of children from the 1st Herne Hill Cub Scouts are making a difference to the environment and the lives of those less fortunate by funding a program, which donates wheelchairs to disadvantaged countries.
The cubs, who are aged between 8 and 11 years old, have spent the past year collecting aluminium cans and donating them to Wheelchairs for Kids, who sell the cans to be recycled and use the profits to make wheelchairs.
The wheelchairs are then built and shipped to children in need in developing countries across the world.
Assistant cub lead Joanna Ludlow said the cub scouts had collected more than five wool bales and had raised enough to make one-and-a-half wheelchairs, which cost $250 each to make.
“The wheelchairs are made in WA by volunteers and are designed to fit all ages, so the children they go to won’t outgrow them,” she said.
“The kids have really been keen to be involved and love learning how much of a difference it can make to other peoples lives.
“If they see someone about to throw out a can, they run over and ask if they can have it and it’s really shown them how to care about the environment and other people.”
The scouts have just started to collect cans again and will continue to support the Wheelchair for Kids project.
Anyone interested in taking part can contact Gane Doyle on 0405 266 861.