Wheelchair designed for rough terrain wins Royal Show creatice craft award

Wheelchairs for Kids volunteer chief executive Gordon Hudson. Picture: Robin Kornet
Wheelchairs for Kids volunteer chief executive Gordon Hudson. Picture: Robin Kornet

A WHEELCHAIR designed for children with disabilities in developing countries was recognised at the Perth Royal Show’s Creative Crafts competition.

About 180 volunteers from Wangara Men’s Shed make 350 wheelchairs per month for charity Wheelchairs for Kids.

The wheelchairs are delivered to children in more than 60 countries, including Indonesia, the Philippines, Somalia, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea.

The design won the men’s shed metalwork category at the recent Royal Agricultural Society of WA competition.

Wheelchairs for Kids volunteer chief executive Gordon Hudson said the organisation had manufactured and donated 35,000 wheelchairs since it was established in 1998.

“It’s an eye-opener,” he said.

“The wheelchairs are made especially for rough terrain.”

Joondalup Men’s Shed member Ross Ellis won best exhibit in the men’s shed category and the woodwork section for his crafted wooden box.

The talented Padbury resident won five other awards in the competition, including for patchwork quilting, machine embroidery and needle felt making.