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Walnut Creek Rotarians Raising Funds For Second Annual Wheelchair Project

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(standing, back, l-r) Costa Rica Rotarian; Roseann Papageorge, Wheelchair Foundation; Gerardo Lorenzen, President, Rotary Club San Pedro Curridabard; Ash Lommel; Rotarian Mike Lommel; Rotarian Trudy Triner, President, Rotary Club of Walnut Creek. [front, l-r] Esteban's mother; Esteban Ramirez Torres; Esteban's father. Photo courtesy of Rotary Club of Walnut Creek

The Rotary Club of Walnut Creek has launched its second annual Wheelchair Project, which provides all-terrain wheelchairs to needy, disabled children and adults in Central America. Wheelchairs are purchased through the nonprofit Wheelchair Foundation (Danville, CA) and shipped by ocean container to Central America. Last year, local Rotarians traveled to Costa Rica to participate in the delivery process; this year, wheelchairs will be delivered to those in need in Puerto Cortes, Honduras.

According to the Wheelchair Foundation, an estimated 100 million children, teens, and adults worldwide need a wheelchair, but cannot afford one. With the help of Rotary clubs around the globe, the Wheelchair Foundation has delivered more than 1,060,000 wheelchairs worldwide to those in need, changing the lives of hundreds of thousands people with the gifts of mobility and independence.

This year’s Rotary Club of Walnut Creek’s fundraising efforts are now underway with a goal of $16,500 to purchase 110 wheelchairs that will be transported in a 20-foot container. To date, $10,000 has been raised and the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek is reaching out to community members who want to be a part of helping those in need. Donors can purchase:

  • one chair with a $150 donation.
  • one-half chair with a $75 donation.
  • two wheels with a $50 donation.
  • one wheel with a $25 donation.

Checks can be made out to the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek Community Foundation with “Wheelchair Project” in the memo line and mailed to Rotary Club of Walnut Creek, PO Box 4191, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. For more information about the Wheelchair Project and the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek, visit www.rotarywc.org or www.wheelchairfoundation.org, or call 925.648.3888.

To date, the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek has helped raise $33,000 and delivered 220 wheelchairs to Costa Rica.