Wangara: Wheelchairs for Kids secures funding for 3 years


Wheelchairs for Kids chairman Trevor Canning, Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton, Premier Mark McGowan, Rotary District 9455 governor Patricia Canning, workshop manager Olly Pickett and (front) volunteer Beppie de Kuyer in one of the children’s wheelchairs.
Wheelchairs for Kids chairman Trevor Canning, Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton, Premier Mark McGowan, Rotary District 9455 governor Patricia Canning, workshop manager Olly Pickett and (front) volunteer Beppie de Kuyer in one of the children’s wheelchairs.

A WANGARA charity delivering wheelchairs to underprivileged children has received a funding boost.

Premier Mark McGowan and Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton visited Wheelchairs for Kids’ Wangara workshop recently to announce the State Government would provide $50,000 per year to the organisation for the next three financial years.

Since 1998, Wheelchairs for Kids volunteers have built and delivered more than 37,000 wheelchairs to children with a disability in 78 developing and under-resourced countries.

Mr McGowan said the funding would assist with operational costs.

“I commend volunteer workshop manager Brother Pickett and the dedicated team of volunteers at Wheelchairs for Kids on the work they do in making a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children with disability overseas,” he said.

“It’s sobering to realise that many children across the globe have no access to equipment of this nature.”

Workshop manager Olly Pickett said the organisation’s volunteers worked tirelessly to help improve the lives of children living in poverty.

“The funding is absolutely wonderful and will provide us with additional security for the next three years allowing us to continue the work we do to help take the burden off needy families,” he said.

“Every cent donated to Wheelchairs for Kids goes directly to ensuring children in need receive a wheelchair, however our resources are always stretched and for every child who receives a wheelchair we’re aware there is another child who misses out.”

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