The ladies of “Caring Hands” at Northway Uniting Church, Beldon decided at the beginning of the year that they would have a project to make a Christmas Tree from crochet squares with a view to raising money for Wheelchairs for Kids.
Over 1000 squares were made and those that weren’t used for the tree were made into 15 blankets which were given to local care homes. The tree stands in the foyer of Northway Uniting Church with a request for donations to help reach a target of $200 which is the cost of making and sending a sturdy wheelchair to a needy child either in Australia or Overseas.
Recently Wheelchairs for Kids, based in Wangara and run entirely by volunteers, celebrated moving to new premises and commemorated the making of their 50,000th wheelchair.
$200 provides a child with a new strong, rough terrain, adjustable wheelchair built to World Health Organisation specifications and includes postural supports, a tray, basket, knee rug, a complete set of body and foot straps, a soft toy and tool kit. Also, when needed, for the many children with cerebral palsy a headrest and knee separator are included.
At the end of Advent, the tree will be dismantled and the crochet squares made into blankets to be sent with the wheelchairs.
Anyone wanting to make a donation to Wheelchairs for Kids can transfer payment to BSB: 016 494, Accn: 425 457 815, stating your name and address.