Sewing seeds of change

Maureen Cunningham recruited a dozen volunteers from Lattitude Lakelands Village to sew covers for the Wheelchairs for Kids, where volunteers make wheelchairs for disabled children in 76 developing countries.

�We�ve seen a couple of movies of the children getting their chairs and their excitement just puts a tear in your eye,� she said.

The Lakelands resident said the sewing women were �blown away� when they saw how their work helped Wheelchairs for Kids change lives.

�It makes a very big difference in their lives, and it�s all done with volunteers and donations,� she said.

�When they get a chair, they can go to school, their parents can leave them in comfort or wheel them around without having to carry them. They can be with other children.�

Brother Olly Pickett said he could see the pride and love the sewing group put into making �hundreds and hundreds of cushion covers for our chairs�.

�They�re helping us to give dignity back to these children by getting them off the ground so they can go to school and play with friends,� he said.

The sewing group is fundraising to buy more sewing tables for their craft room.Wheelchairs for Kids was set up by the Marist Brothers and Scarborough Rotary Club in 1998 and is run by retirees who produce about 300 wheelchairs a month.