“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”
This adventure would be impossible without the incredible contribution of our partners.
There are actually two ways we will be bringing wheelchairs to people in Ukraine.
- The Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation has made it possible through their partnership with The Canadian Wheelchair Foundation for us to send new wheelchairs to Lviv. 70% of funds will be directed to this initiative.
- Dzherelo: Children’s Rehabilitation Centre in Lviv has a wheelchair repair workshop. I had the privilege of spending time there during my deployment and saw first hand how they fix and customize wheelchairs and other mobility aids. 20% of proceeds will be allocated to this service.
- The final 10% of the money raised will go to the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation for administration.
Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation
Since 1969, the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation has dedicated itself to creating, administering and advocating for programs and services that help families in need. Through our many programs, we have focused on assistance for families to overcome obstacles in their lives that threaten their self-sufficiency. Last year, we provided services to many families in Saskatchewan, and touched the lives of countless others through our advocacy and convening efforts.
Some of our current projects and endowments include the Coats for Kids Project, Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Relations Endowment, and the K of C Vocation Endowment. We are happy to take on the Padre Bikes for Wheels Project, offering greater self-sufficiency to those with impaired mobility.
Canadian Wheelchair Foundation
The Canadian Wheelchair Foundation/ Fondation Chaise Roulante Canada (CWF) is an independent Canadian registered charity dedicated to:
- Raising awareness of the needs and abilities of people with physical disabilities
- Delivering mobility into the lives of children, teens and adults in the world who have no means to acquire a wheelchair
- Transforming lives through mobility, and with it giving to all those deprived of it by war, disease, accident, natural disaster and advanced age, independence, dignity, hope and opportunity
The delivery of a wheelchair to a person without mobility improves the quality of life of the entire family. In gaining mobility, persons with disabilities are given an opportunity to integrate themselves into society; by attending school, going to work, and becoming a part of the community.
Recipients are not the only ones whose lives are altered by the presence of a wheelchair. By a physically disabled person gaining increased mobility, human resources, be it from family or friends, are being freed for both employment and education.
It is estimated that an average of 10 lives are impacted in a positive way with the delivery of every wheelchair.
Dzherelo: Children’s Rehabilitation Centre
Helping children and young people with disabilities since 1993.
Our center was founded in Lviv in 1993 by parents of children with cerebral palsy. Over the 26 years of the center’s activity, more than 7,000 children and young people aged from a few weeks to 45 years have received training and rehabilitation assistance.
The center provides comprehensive physical, psychological and medical and social rehabilitation for children and young people with cerebral palsy (CP), Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other developmental disorders. Today there are about 250 children on the programs of the Dzherelo center.
One of the many services we offer is a rehabilitation equipment workshop. Here we customize and repair wheelchairs, rehabilitation chairs, verticalizers, walkers, rollers, crutches and more for our centre members as well as for the public.
A donation of $195 provides a wheelchair to someone in desperate need.
Cheques can be made to Sask K of C Charitable Foundation Memo: Padre Bikes and mailed to P.O. Box 61, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, S6H 4N7