The Rotary Club of Freeport recently received a large shipment of wheelchairs, which will go towards helping many persons in need of mobility assistance throughout the Grand Bahama community.
Club president Darren Cooper, spoke with this daily on the arrival of the wheelchairs Saturday (April 27).
“The Rotary Clubs of Grand Bahama have received another container of wheelchairs for distribution to deserving individuals in the Northern Bahamas,” he said.
Cooper said that the Grand Bahama Rotary Clubs have provided over 500 wheelchairs, free of charge, in the Northern Bahamas since the programme started in 2002.
He revealed that the most recent container of wheelchairs is a combined effort of the Wheelchair Foundation, Wine for Wheels Group, spearheaded by Patti Klieber out of Georgia and the Rotary Clubs of Grand Bahama.
Wine for Wheels, which consists of thousands of friends and colleagues, have met at different venues all over the country – some private, some public – and some in far off lands collecting donations to buy wheelchairs for those in need.
Wine for Wheels provides a unique way for individuals and groups to initiate fund-raising campaigns at all levels and to offer their friends a way to engage with the world.
Schools, church groups and other organizations can also come together to raise funds and awareness through privately held social events, giving people all around the world a way to become directly involved in helping provide hope, mobility and freedom to the physically disadvantaged through the provision of a wheelchair.
“Keeping with the Rotary motto of ‘Service Above Self,’ this programme of the Rotary Clubs on Grand Bahama’s aim is to provide the gift of mobility to those that are not in a position to afford a wheelchair for themselves,” he said.
A potential candidate or caregiver, should contact any Rotarian or the Northern Bahamas Council for the Disabled for further information. The Rotary Club of Freeport was the first Rotary Club in Grand Bahama. It was chartered on January 25, 1962 and since then has conducted and participated in numerous community-based initiatives to assist persons in need and partner with other local organizations who have similar goals.
The clubs host an annual fund-raiser, Wine and Cheese, event to raise money for such efforts. The October 6, 2018 event which was held at the Hawksbill Yacht Club, raised proceeds that went towards the Cancer Society and the Us TOO organizations which raises awareness, hosts and promotes screenings for prostate cancer.