FREE WHEELCHAIR MISSION PROJECT
In partnership with Rotary Club of Fresno, California, RI District 5230, Harare Central distributed 440 wheelchairs of all sizes. The majority of the wheelchairs were distributed to recipients in Zimbabwe’s rural hinterland. The distribution exercises took place at the following stations:
13th October 2019 Mount St Mary’s Mission Hospital, Wedza, Mashonaland East
27th October 2019 Sanyati Mission Hospital, Mashonaland West
17th November 2019 Gutu Mission Hospital, Masvingo
15th December 2019 Rotary Centre
19th January 2019 St David’s Bonda Mission Hospital, Mutasa, Manicaland
23rd February 2019 Luiza Guidotti Mission Hospital, Motoko, Mashonaland East
16th March 2019 Bindura – to celebrate World Rotaract Week (11-17 March 2019) with our Rotaractors
At the distribution event at Gutu Mission, 5 nurse training mission hospitals from Masvingo Province and 2 from the Midlands will received medical text and reference books that the club sourced from Book Aid International.
Rotarians from our counterparts at the Rotary Club of Fresno visited Zimbabwe in January 2019 and joined the distribution event at St David’s Bonda Mission Hospital. Harare Central celebrated Rotary’s 114th anniversary by distributing wheelchairs at Luiza Guidotti Mission Hospital. At the same event, the club commissioned dental equipment worth over €200,000.00 which was sourced from Secours Dentaire International, a Swiss based charity whose current President is Dr Michael Willi, President Elect of the Rotary Club of Luzern-Settal in Switzerland, RI District 1980. Our final distribution event was held during World Rotaract Week All the handover events at mission hospitals were concluded by the planting of trees.
The wheelchair project has gone a long way in alleviating disadvantaged people on the wheelchair waiting list in Zimbabwe, which is estimated at over 30,000.