Group helps to improve

About a dozen sewing stalwarts meet regularly to make cushion covers for Perth�s Wangara-based charity Wheelchairs for Kids, which last month sent its 30,000th wheelchair to a disabled child in Burma (Myanmar).

Wheelchairs for Kids is run by retirees who volunteer their services to produce about 300 wheelchairs a month.

Local resident Maureen Cunningham recruited a sewing circle to help make cushion covers for the wheelchairs.

The group of about 12 volunteers is turning out 300 cushion covers a month to help meet the constant demands of outfitting the wheelchairs.

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

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

She said children were confined to bed or in many cases left lying on the ground.

�The only way they can be moved is to be carried,� Ms Cunningham 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.�

The ladies are fundraising to buy more sewing tables for their craft room. Visit www.wheelchairsfor|kids.org.