Wangara: Wheelchairs for Kids donates 40,000th chair to young person in need


Beppie De Kuyer adds soft toys and a blanket to the 40,000th wheelchair to be shipped by Wheelchairs for Kids in Wangara. Picture: d480153
Beppie De Kuyer adds soft toys and a blanket to the 40,000th wheelchair to be shipped by Wheelchairs for Kids in Wangara. Picture: d480153

THE lives of 40,000 young people with disabilities and living in poverty have been changed thanks to a volunteer-run organisation in Wangara.

Wheelchairs for Kids, which has been in operation for 20 years, recently donated its 40,000th chair to a needy child in Nepal.

Workshop co-ordinator Bob Sheridan said the achievement was a milestone for the meaningful work the volunteers do.

“Like all milestones, it is a pretty good indicator that we are getting the job done at a reasonable rate,” he said.

“To think that 40,000 young lives and the lives of their families have been improved by the efforts of all involved, including workshop volunteers, donors, non workshop volunteers, is quite naturally a pretty good feeling.”

Mr Sheridan said Wheelchairs for Kids exists solely to provide wheelchairs for those most underprivileged and vulnerable children in countries that were considerably under-resourced.

“Our motto is ‘We listen, we care, we give to disabled children and their families around the world’,” he said.

“It is extremely important that we keep those needy children in mind because they are our raison d’etre and motivation for volunteering our work.”

MORE: Full list of Perth suburbs being disconnected from existing phone lines as NBN rollout continues

MORE: Are Perth kids brushing their teeth enough?

MORE: Beldon electric shock: WA Government could be up for millions, lawyer says