Clarke to Collect ‘Wheels for the World,’ April 24-25

posted on April 20, 2009

The Clarke College Physical Therapy Department will again collect wheelchairs, walkers, canes and crutches to support the “Wheels for the World” program, designed to assist people with disabilities in developing countries.

Donations of these assistive devices will be accepted from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, April 24, and 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 25. Clarke’s physical therapy department, located in the lower level of Catherine Byrne Hall on campus, will be the drop site.

“Wheels for the World” is a program of Joni and Friends International Disability Center. Wheelchairs are collected in any condition and are meticulously restored in the United States by carefully trained inmates in nine separate correctional facilities in Colorado, Tennessee, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Kansas, Ohio, Louisiana, Arkansas, and California. These prisons include federal, state, and private institutions.

The restored wheelchairs are then shipped overseas to meet up with short-term missions teams, who custom fit each wheelchair specifically for each recipient and train him or her in wheelchair use and upkeep. Wheelchair recipients are also presented with a Bible.

For more information about donating devices, contact the Clarke College Physical Therapy Department at (563)588-6382. On Saturday, call (563)588-6618.

Media requesting more information should contact the Clarke College Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.


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