Goolwa Rotary give freedom to others

Yvonne Hurrell, Ron Hann

This week the Rotary Club of Goolwa held its annual fundraising dinner in support of the Wheelchair Foundation of Australia.

Pic Pres. Nanette Davis, Mary and Lyall Hood

The program, initiated in the United States, is supported by Rotary clubs around the world to provide specially designed wheelchairs for disabled children and adults in less affluent countries.

The Rotary Club of Gosford West is the Australian agent, distributing funds for purchase of the chairs which are manufactured in Vietnam then shipped directly to places they are needed.

All administration costs are borne by Rotary so all donations go directly to the purchase of wheelchairs.

The individual cost per chair is $150 and there are five different styles to suit differences in ages, size and terrain.

At the present the cost of freight has been supplied by the US military transport.

Lyall and Mary Hood from the Gosford West Rotary Club attended the recent dinner and gave a presentation that showed the changes which can be made to more than one life simply by a chair.

The Goolwa Rotary Club presented Mr Hood with a cheque for $900, enough to purchase six wheelchairs.

In addition further contributions made on the night raised $1100, altogether making $2000, which equates to 14 more chairs.

Since 2003, when the Goolwa Club first became involved, the club has raised over $25,000, which equates to one and a half container loads of wheelchairs.

In recognition of the club’s efforts a whole container load (150 chairs) will be delivered to PNG shortly, labelled with the name of Goolwa Rotary Club as donor.

Mr Hood thanked members for their generosity and praised their efforts, making Goolwa the largest donor in the Australia/Pacific Region.

The dinner was held in the home of Rotarian Yvonne Hurrell, of Goolwa.

She had long been a dedicated supporter of the project, having had close contact with wheelchair-bound family and friends who are now able to live a normal life after receiving their chairs.

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