January 16, 2018 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
The rotary club of Freetown and Minnesota has over the weekend handed over 100 wheel chairs to Polio affected people at the Polio Challenge Association compound, Grafton.
For several years now, Rotary Clubs across the world have contributed significantly towards the eradication of polio.
During the ceremony, Rotarian Lara Taylor-Pearce said they always have the urge as a club to people, especially the less fortunate in society, disclosing that they have been the major funders of the polio vaccine administered to children around the world.
Because they want to have a strong and cordial relationship with the disabled, he disclosed that some 300 wheel chairs will be handed over to them.
She urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the chairs provided by using it to make a living for themselves, adding, “We always take our rehabilitation work to the community.”
Also Rotarian Sheila John spoke about the interventions of the club in helping Sierra Leoneans across the country since its establishment many years ago, citing the free operation to 750 people of different sicknesses, renovation of schools, books to pupils in schools and construction of over 100 bore holes across the country.
“We have been given opportunity to benefit from our support. Rotarians are not rich but we have a good heart to help others,” she said.
Director of Social Welfare in the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs; Francis Kabia and President of the Sierra Leone Union on Disabilities Issues, commended Rotary Club for their timely intervention to provide mobility for polio people.