MEMBERS of the Midhurst and Petworth Rotary Club have joined forces with colleagues at the Godalming Woolsack club to give the gift of mobility to disabled and housebound people in the Port Elizabeth area of South Africa.
Between the two clubs they have now funded and donated 110 wheelchairs for deserving children and adults.
And during this year representatives from both Midhurst and Godalming clubs visited Port Elizabeth to support the cause which has given disabled people hope for the future.
Working with the Wheelchair Foundation UK who organised the manufacture and shipping, the wheelchairs were put together in China to a very robust standard from steel at costs which were well below those available in Europe.
Once delivered to Port Elizabeth fellow members of the Rotary Club of Algoa Bay undertook the task of assembling and distributing the wheelchairs in the community. “Members of all three Rotary clubs kept in contact to ensure the project delivered on time and within budget,” said Rotary spokesman Helen Chapman. “Funding came from donations provided by the two UK clubs plus a generous funding grant from The Rotary Foundation which encourages and promotes international projects.