Sailing4Handicaps Crew donates $100K worth of Prosthetic Parts

Former Government assistant minister and Fijian paralympic champion, Iliesa Delana, has been endorsed ambassador for Sailing4Handicaps in Fiji.
16 Oct 2019 13:36
Sailing4Handicaps Crew donates $100K worth of Prosthetic Parts
From left: Wojtek Czyz, Iliesa Delana, Iliesa Vosailagi, Port Denarau Marina executive assistant Vive Koyamaibole and Elena Brambilla following the $100,000 worth of prosthetic parts donation on October 7, 2019. Photos: Port Denarau Marina

Sailing4Handicaps on board catamaran Imagine donated $100,000 worth of prosthetic parts for local amputees at the Port Denarau marina at the beginning of this month.

This presentation was a follow-up to their meeting with the Fiji Disabled Society and Ministry of Health where they discussed the need for  prosthetics early this year.

Multiple Paralympic champion, Wojtek Czyz with his athlete wife Elena Brambilla are members of Sailing4Handicaps team on board the catamaran Imagine that sails the world to raise awareness and raise funds for the cause.

Executive assistant for Port Denarau Marina Vive Koyamaibole, said: “We are thankful to Wojtek and Eleina for the great work that they are doing for amputees around the world and we hope that the amputees in Fiji will have a refreshed view with the help from Sailing4Handicaps.”

“Port Denarau Marina will gladly continue supporting Imagine during their stay at the marina,” she said.

Former Government assistant minister and Fijian paralympic champion, Iliesa Delana, has been endorsed ambassador for Sailing4Handicaps in Fiji.

The donation of prosthetic parts will see 36 people get prosthetic legs, including 52 knee amputees.

Sailing4handicaps had initially planned to donate 15 prosthetic legs however after meeting with Health Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete regarding the number of those needing prosthetics, the donors doubled their donation.

“This is by far the biggest donation that they have done in one country,” Mrs Koyamaibole said.

The donation was received by Iliesa Delana and Iliaseri Vosailagi on October 7 and transported to P J Twomey Hospital, Tamavua.

Mr Delana also a Paralympic Champion and Sailing4handicaps believes it is important to have a network of people to continue assisting in this area

Sailing4handicaps will stay in contact with Mr Delana in regards to requests for parts that they will be able to donate.

Mr Delana said: “It was an honour and privilege to receive the prosthetic parts from Mr Czyz and Sailing4handicap crew.

“This is one of the biggest donations to amputees here and it is a big boost to them physically, mentally and emotionally.

“Being an ambassador for Sailing4handicap Fiji is an opportunity to assist those living with disabilities and assist fellow amputees shape their lives and give them hope that life continues regardless.”

Mr Delana also he received a brand new above knee prosthetic leg.

Sailing4handicaps, targets to give disabled people all over the world a new opportunity of life.

The Sailing4handicaps team is on a circumnavigation on board catamaran Imagine with prosthetic parts, medical assistance, support and knowledge about the use of prosthetics.

Mr Czyz is a successful athlete with a ten year long international career in the field of disabled sports.

Winner of four gold medals, one silver and two bronzes over three Paralympic Games, he had the opportunity to meet disabled people from around the world gaining a clear idea about the behaviour towards disability in countries like Ukraine, Russia, Burundi, India and Thailand.

Mr Czyz and team’s donation of the prosthetic parts range from $80,000 to $100,000  for those as young as one-year-old.

Wojtek and his wife Elena was Twomey Hospital, Tamavua on Monday conducting training with the amputees that will be receiving the first batch of prosthetic legs.

Port Denarau Marina Limited is thankful to Sailing4handicaps donation and their continuous support to amputees here in Fiji.


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