Our rugged, three wheeled carts have gone to 104 countries to persons of both sexes and of all ages. In this newsletter, we want to highlight some men who are doing great things with the Mobility Carts you sent them.
“Love this scene on the way to outreach today! So grateful for partners that allow TLC to assist the disabled. This particular man re-established his sweet potato farm four years ago after receiving his first assistive device…
Dr. Harry & Echo VanderWal
The Luke Commission in Swaziland”
Barry is 12 years old – a wonderful, sweet, funny young man who I was fortunate enough to cross paths with last week. The difference between Barry and many other 12 year olds is that he has cerebral palsy, a debilitating disorder that has severely affected his body, but not his sharp and witty mind. Cerebral palsy is a challenge in a developed country… now imagine trying to overcome those difficulties while living in rural Kenya. Most likely, you can’t…
It made me tear up to witness how dedicated Wycliff is to his son, despite what must be an incredibly difficult job. And how positive Barry is, despite a disorder no person should have to endure. It will all now be made a little easier through a Mobility Cart, something Wycliff told us he’ll use to get Barry out of the house more often, to show him more of the world he’s currently missing, to broaden his beautiful horizons even further.
He said, “I just want parents of other children like Barry to know that they are special. God can do something with them that he can’t do with other children. They are not disabled… they are just abled differently.” May 2017 report from Amy Montalvo, the producer of our new promotional video. Check it out on YouTube.
A milestone was reached with Mobility Worldwide TX-San Antonio on March13, 2017 when Mobility Cart #1,000 was completed. Putting the finishing touches on the cart here is pictured Dave Frazier, after whom #1,000 is named, and who was involved in building Cart #1 back in 2004.
Dave is a father of two daughters.
In April Mel, Mobility Worldwide co-founder, and Barbara West were awarded the Robert and Martha Marble Mission Award. The MO Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church chose our co-founder and his wife this year for their tireless efforts over decades to help persons around the world.
Mel is a father of a son & daughter.
We have the opportunity of doubling your donation during this campaign thanks to a generous donor. The donor told me that he would match every donation from this campaign—dollar for dollar—up to $10,000. So now’s the time to make a tremendous impact on the lives of people throughout the developing world who can’t walk and who live in places where regular wheelchairs won’t work.
Money used from this campaign will help in several areas including helping to offset the expenses associated from getting our sturdy hand crafted wheelchair carts to where they are needed most—in some of the remote locations throughout the world. Please help us reach our goal this summer by donating today to this match challenge. And please spread the word of our work to your friends, family and church. Write me if you would like me to send you materials.
Thank you and God bless you for your generosity!
Scott Walters | Executive Director
Come join us to learn more about our mission of distributing mobility around the world to the leg handicapped. NASA Astronaut Robert Stewart (Brigadier General, USA, Ret.) will give the keynote presentation: “The Importance of Innovation to any Organization—My Learnings as a Space Shuttle Astronaut” Hosted by the North Alabama Affiliate in Huntsville, AL. Conference to take place at First Baptist Huntsville, 600 Governors Dr., Huntsville, AL 35801.
Thursday, September 28th – Arrivals & Spiritual session from 3-5PM.
Conference registration and ice cream social from 5-7PM
Friday, September 29th – Program seminars/presentations from 9AM-5PM.
Dinner and Kenyan distribution partner presentation from 6-8PM.
Saturday, September 30th – Program seminars/presentations from 9:00AMnoon.
Lunch and demonstrations at Affiliate shop from Noon–4PM.
Details on registration and hotel information.
See you there with our representatives from around the country. Board of Trustees and Staff
Mobility Worldwide representatives are busy this summer attending major international conventions to help spread the word regarding our mission of bringing mobility to those in developing countries who are unable to walk. Jim Conn, Chair of the national Board of Trustees, and Scott Walters, Executive Director attended the 100th Convention of Rotary International in June where Bill Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was featured as the keynote speaker. In conjunction with the convention, a reception was hosted by the office of the Liberian Consulate General’s office at which time plans were shared regarding the development of an Atlanta Affiliate and efforts to increase capacity in West Africa.
Meantime, Walt Hays, Board of Advisors, accompanied Von Driggs, Director of Operations as they staffed a booth at the 100th convention of the Lions Club in Chicago in July. Additionally, national board members Rob Fleming and Roger Hofmeister joined Columbia Affiliate leaders Gary Moreau and Dennis Canote along with Scott Walters to lead a “mobile build” of Mobility Carts at the 12th Gathering of the United Methodist Men in Indianapolis in July. Throughout our history, Rotary Clubs, Lion’s Clubs, and United Methodist Men’s Clubs have generously supported our Christian ministry. We wanted to zero in on that support and encourage more involvement through these opportunities of meeting friends face to face on the tradeshow floor.