GWERU: The Gweru and Harare Rotary Clubs handed over 60 wheelchairs to people with disabilities across the Midlands province recently; a gesture the club says will continue so as to support those living with disability.
Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a non-political and non-religious organization open to all.
Gweru Rotary Club President James Mugarisanwa also added that most of the donations will be rolled out before end of year.
“Our wish is to assist as many people as we can especially those living with disabilities. What we have done today will be continued and we are also looking forward to be giving more such donations to disadvantaged groups by year end 2020,” Mugarisanwa said.
Former Senator representing persons with disabilities Annah Shiri noted that persons with disabilities can contribute meaningfully to national development if they are empowered economically and socially.
“This donation will help people who are living with disabilities to move around freely and without difficulties and by doing so, they have been empowered. Through empowerment, people with disabilities can contribute a lot to the nation’s development,” Shiri said.
Beneficiaries could not contain their joy.
“I would like to thank Rotary club for making our lives easier. They have put a smile on our faces. Most parents used to carry a 20year old child from point A to point B. Some school going children can now even go to school without a lot of challenges,” said director of Young Voices Disability Zimbabwe Trust (YVDZ), Nyasha Mahwende.
Wheelchairs are designed to help people with disabilities to enjoy greater freedom and independence as they go about their day to day activities.