The Rotaract Club at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has a project that they are working on that will change the lives of many people who live in the Ivory Coast. They are raising money to purchase and deliver 120 wheelchairs to survivors of Polio in that region. This project fits well with the Rotary International PolioPlus program. This is an ongoing project. See the current fundraiser March 7.

They are working with The Canadian Wheelchair Foundation and that foundation has stated that no one else has sent chairs to this country and the need is great!  They require the Rotaract club to purchase a half-sized shipping container and that helps determine the cost. In turn, they will help deliver and fit the chairs at no extra cost.

UNL Rotaract members are already working with the Rotary Clubs in Abidjan. They have delivered a wheelchair to prove the connections will work. To date, they have collected $9,000 of the $18,000 needed from fundraisers and contributions from the Lincoln Rotary and Rotaract Clubs and members.

Now they need help to reach the finish line. You will be receiving an email in the next few days with much more detail and a request for a donation. Please take a moment to see if it is something your club could get behind and take it to your board for consideration.

Their hope is to deliver the wheelchairs by the summer of 2020.

A former member of UNL Rotaract - Koko - is from the Ivory Coast and a polio survivor. He tells the story of how getting a wheelchair changed his life. Read the story - click here.
If you would like to support this cause you can contact the Rotaract liaison - Keith - click here.