March 1st is International Wheelchair Day. This is a wonderful opportunity for councils to help raise funds for those with a mobility impairment and to answer the prayers of millions of people worldwide who are currently living their lives without a wheelchair. A wheelchair allows children to attend school and adults the opportunity to provide for their families.
The wheelchairs cost $150 each to sponsor, and the funds can be combined with other councils in your district to deliver a container of 110 or 280 wheelchairs. If councils work together as a district to fund a container of wheelchairs, all councils involved will receive two credits in the Community section of the Columbian Award. In order to receive any credit in the Community section of the Columbian Award, council must submit their Global Wheelchair Report form #10071 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The most efficient way to raise funds for the Wheelchair Program is to host a Wheelchair Sunday fundraiser in your local parish with the permission of your local pastor. For more information on how your council can host a “Wheelchair Sunday” visit American Wheelchair Mission’s website at www.amwheelchair.org and the Canadian Wheelchair Foundation at www.cdnwheelchair.org.
Donations can be sent to the Wheelchair Mission in the US: American Wheelchair Mission, 2600 E. Seltice Way #A172, Post Falls, ID 83854 and in Canada: Canadian Wheelchair Foundation, P.O. Box75038, RPO White Rock, Surrey, BC V4A 0B1.