ONE hundred sixty-two persons with mobility impairment and senior citizens received wheelchairs from the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and Rotary Club of Manila 101 on September 9.
The initiative, dubbed as “Imagine Rotary Create Hope: Mobility for Dignity,” is part of the Memorandum of Agreement the two organizations signed last May 2023.
PRC Chairman and CEO Dick Gordon, PRC Secretary-General, Dr. Gwen Pang, and key attendees from the Rotary Club, including Rotary International District 5170 Past District Governor Richard Flanders, RC Manila 101 Hope Creating President, Ms. Agnes Miranda, and RD 3810 Hope Creating Governor, Lilian Lai Dela Cruz, led the turnover of the assistive devices.
“Wheelchairs are more than just assistive devices. Wheelchairs allow people with mobility limitations to live with dignity. They provide a sense of inclusion and allow people to participate in activities that would otherwise be inaccessible,” explained Chairman Gordon.
The objective of the initiative is to empower and improve the quality of life of the mobility impaired recipients from Metro Manila, Cavite, and Occidental Mindoro. It can be noted that the PRC and the Rotary Club have distributed wheelchairs to over 1,600 Filipinos in the previous decades.
Dr. Pang expressed her appreciation for the partner organization: “The partnership between the Philippine Red Cross and the Rotary transcends our MOA. Your support in our blood services, disaster responses, and provision of assistive devices have reached and transformed the lives of the underserved population. Maraming salamat, Rotary, sa pagsuporta sa Philippine Red Cross noon at ngayon.”
The two organizations, with the support of Wheelchair Foundation, will distribute the wheelchairs in Occidental Mindoro and Cavite in the latter week of September.