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O’Connor Delivers Needed Mobility

O’Connor Delivers Needed Mobility
Assistant Minister for Health Alex O’Connor with one of the wheelchair recipients Violet Chambers and her new wheelchair. Photo: City Star
December 31
11:00 2017

A group of anonymous donors through an organisation called Optic Interna­tional from Melbourne, Australia, do­nated 23 wheelchairs for the disabled in the country.

Assistant Minister for Health and Medi­cal Services Alex O’Connor handed over the wheelchairs on Friday at the Lautoka Hospi­tal. He said the idea started in 2016 after his visiting to the outer islands. During that visit, he learned that there were many people who needed the assistance of a wheelchair.

“I found that most of the people living with disabilities had a problem particularly those with amputations,” he said.

“It has taken me a good nine months but thanks to the anonymous donors we were able to get these wheel chairs through the Optic In­ternational which is an Orthodox Church or­ganisation who provided this for me.”

Mr O’Connor was grateful to the organisa­tion for their work in bringing much relief to the physically challenged.

“This Optic International Orthodox organi­sation out of Melbourne also funds the Saint Mina’s orphanage in Nadi and that was actu­ally how I was able to come in contact with this donor,” he said. The wheelchairs will be distributed to hospitals around the country.

“At the moment five have been delivered to the Lautoka Hospital for the Lautoka Yasawa subdivision and we will be looking at distrib­uting more,” Mr O’Connor said.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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