THE ROTARY Club of Bulawayo South donated 550 wheelchairs to people with disabilities at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) Grounds on Saturday.
Rotary Club of Bulawayo South president Jean Whiley said the donation was inspired by the club’s passion for doing humanitarian work and helping the needy.
“We allowed clinics and hospitals to register for wheelchairs, but our first preference was individuals in need of those wheelchairs,” Whiley said.
She said the club had donated 61 wheelchairs to the Bulawayo City Council, 27 to King George VI and one each to recipients from Gweru and Mberengwa last Friday.
Whiley said the distribution of the wheelchairs would take long because they came as parts and the club would have to arrange and adjust them to fit individual needs.
“The wheelchairs came in small, medium and large sizes and were in parts that needed to be arranged, so the distribution will be extended to next Saturday,” Whiley said.
She said her club had received wheelchairs from the Rotary Club of Fresno in California, United States. Former National Railways of Zimbabwe general manager Alvord Mabhena, the incoming president of the Rotary Club of Bulawayo South, said the donation would change the lives of many people in the region.
“This donation will be a life-changing experience to the recipients because today we see excited faces,” Mabhena said. “As a club, we are passionate to fill a void to patients with disabilities,” he added.
Mabhena added that the club had also sunk boreholes for some communities and had recently commissioned a classroom block at Sacred Heart Mission in Esigodini.