By Edward Dube
The Rotary Club of Gweru donated 60 wheelchairs to the disabled members at Gweru Polytechnic recently.
Rotary Club of Gweru president, James Mugarisanwa said the disabled face discrimination in communities which they belong. Some are kept in hiding at their homes because of their productive incapacities.
“There is a common belief that the physically challenged members of our community are by extension incapable of being productive, thus disabled people face discrimination, have to be taken care of and in most cases are hidden home,” he said.
“It is against this background that the Rotary Club of Gweru in partnership with the Rotary Club of Harare Central reached out to the disabled people in the Midlands province and provided them with wheel chairs.”
The event was a handover ceremony of wheelchairs to the disabled beneficiaries drawn from the breadth and width of the Midlands province to fulfill the Rotary Club’s 2020 theme which reads: “Rotary Open Doors of Opportunities.”
President Mugarisanwa also said that the club is glad to have taken the initiative to empower the disabled.
“We are glad to have empowered so many people as they now have the means to go places. This project was inspired by the desire to make a positive impact and touch lives of the less fortunate in our society.
“However, we could not have been able to realise this dream without the partnership of our sister club, the Rotary Club of Harare Central who sourced the wheelchairs and also came in their numbers to grace the occasion.
“We are also grateful to the business community who donated in cash and kind towards this event. Special thanks to Gweru Polytechnic and their staff for letting us use their venue and facilities,” Mugarisanwa said.
Rotary Club of Gweru targeted the disabled members of the community, irrespective of gender as well as young and the old.
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