Rotary District 6960

Rotary District 6960 steps up to support the Wheelchair Foundation

This article was originally written by Conric PR and can be found here.

Rotary District 6960 District Governor Cyndi Doragh is pleased to announce that the district has donated more than $140,000 to the Wheelchair Foundation in the past year. This level of funding will provide mobility to approximately 1,400 people in need through the foundation, which aims to provide a free wheelchair to every child, teen and adult worldwide who needs one but cannot afford one.

wheelchair_rotary6969Since the early 2000s, Rotary has partnered with the foundation, which in 2015 delivered its one-millionth wheelchair since its inception. Upon assuming her position as District Governor, Doragh named the Wheelchair Foundation as the beneficiary of her year-long community service project, which culminated at the District Conference last month.

While most of District 6960’s wheelchairs had been delivered to needy countries in the Caribbean, Central America and parts of South America, Doragh turned the focus to the need within the Southwest Florida community. Under her leadership, the district’s 50 Rotary clubs accepted the challenge to provide 1,100 wheelchairs, at a cost of $110,000, over the course of the year. By the first of May, funding for approximately 900 wheelchairs had been raised.

At the District Conference, held May 12-15, Wheelchair Program Chairman Steve Agius presented 30 wheelchairs to Rev. Dr. Israel Suarez, founder and CEO of Nations Associations Charities, who introduced two of the recipients, Maria and Francisco. Ten wheelchairs were presented to Ralph Santillo, founder and president of Invest in America’s Veterans.

Conference attendees rallied to raise enough additional funds to purchase 200 more wheelchairs, surpassing Doragh’s goal, with donations continuing even after the conference to exceed $140,000 as of June 1.

rotary_6960wheelchairs_2About Rotary
Rotary is an international organization of business and community leaders working together through friendships and building relationships in an effort to serve others and do good in the world. It is a secular organization open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender or political preference. There are more than 32,000 clubs worldwide composed of 1.2 million individual members. Rotary District 6960 in Southwest Florida has more than 50 clubs.
Rotary’s purpose is to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. Rotary’s primary motto is “Service Above Self;” its secondary motto is “One profits most who serves best.” For more information visit RotaryDistrict6960.org.

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  1. Yvonne Osborne
    Yvonne Osborne says:

    My son has a disease called Friedrich’s Ataxia! He needs a more comfortable and support wheelchair. So I’m reaching out to see if I can get some help for him. His name is Rodney Osborne and he is 25 years old! He has had this since the age of 13. So if you feel that you can help please let me know. Thank you Yvonne Osborne

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  2. Amanda
    Amanda says:

    Good afternoon I’m contacting you in regards to a very good friend of mine that has a 5 year old daughter and she is paralized from the waist down and requires a wheelchair to get around but Medicaid will not approve their request for one (they have been trying for 2 years now) so this poor little girl has to pull herself around on the floor or her parents have to carry her everywhere. Now my friend is not the kind of person to ask for anything I have even offered to set him up with a go find me account to raise money to get one because he can’t afford one out of pocket but he has turned me down because he doesn’t feel right doing it so I’m hoping I can surprise him and his family with a wheel chair for this sweet little girl. Thank you

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