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Wheelchair Boost for Health Centres

A former resident of Ba, Chetan Singh Heyer, donated 110 brand new wheelchairs yesterday. Mr Heyer is the founder of Wheelchair Foundation of the United States of America (USA). “I
10 Dec 2014 08:36
Wheelchair Boost for Health Centres
From left: Himmat Lodhia and the Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate receiving wheelchairs donated by Chetan Singh the founder of the Fiji Wheelchair Foundation. Photo: Ronald Kumar

A former resident of Ba, Chetan Singh Heyer, donated 110 brand new wheelchairs yesterday.

Mr Heyer is the founder of Wheelchair Foundation of the United States of America (USA).

“I went to the USA in 1975 and we have been donating wheelchairs for the past 14 years now,” Mr Heyer said.

He said this year the wheelchairs were in different sizes and designed for children and adults.

“The wheelchairs will be donated to health centres around Fiji and it will serve the purpose and fulfill the basic needs of the beneficiaries and improve their living conditions.”

Mr Heyer said the best part of the wheelchairs was that the tyres were made of solid rubber.

“We have seen inflatable tubes in some wheelchairs and when it comes out it becomes difficult for the users to repair them and as a result they start to move around with the rim only.”

He said the solid rubber tyres could be used anywhere such as gravel roads.

“In 14 years, we have donated wheelchairs worth $960, 000.”

Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate said they were grateful for the kind support.

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