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More wheelchairs for the needy

More wheelchairs for the needy
Standing fromleft: Fiji Wheel Chairs founder Chetan Singh Heyer, Himmat Lodhia and Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar. Seated is Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Alex O’ Conor. Photo: DEPTFO News
July 02
13:19 2018

The charitable organisation Fiji Wheel Chairs is committed to working with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in reaching out to those who need wheelchairs, but may not be able to afford one.

In this regard, the Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar met with the volunteer and Fiji Wheel Chairs founder Chetan Singh Heyer along with Himmat Lodhia of Lords Jewellers to discuss areas of collaboration.

Ms Akbar thanked Fiji Wheel Chairs for its work and also acknowledged the support of the business communities in Fiji for their efforts in reaching out through such projects that benefit the needy.

The Health Ministry, she said, encouraged such partnerships that resulted in positive impact for communities.

Mr Heyer, who lives in San Francisco, California in the United States of America, but  originally from Fiji, has been working closely with business organisations and the Rotary Club in Fiji.

In June this year, a total of 110 brand new wheel chairs were received and have been distributed through the Rotary Club and Lions Club.

According to Mr Heyer this was the fifth shipment of wheelchairs since the Fiji Wheel Chairs started shipment of wheel chairs to Fiji in 2012.

“Each shipment is sponsored by a company so this year, the shipment is sponsored by Himmat Lodhia of Lords Jewellers,” Mr Heyer said.

“We appreciate his financial contributions to Fiji Wheel Chairs.  Each wheel chair is worth USD $150 ( FJD $315)and this shipment is worth around FJD $40,000.

“Rotary Club and Lions Club identifies the recipients, who need wheel chairs for those who are financially poor, cannot afford to buy the wheel chairs and have doctors’ recommendation on the use of wheel chairs,” Mr Heyer said.

In their discussions with Minister Akbar, the Fiji Wheel Chairs is looking forward to broaden its partnership with Fiji’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services to provide more wheel chairs for the hospitals in Fiji.

Source: DEPTFO News

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