Rotary Club of Playa Coronado raises $9000 for wheelchairs

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A wheelchair gives freedom to disabled people.

A wheelchair gives freedom to disabled people.

The Rotary Club of Playa Coronado raised $9000 at the first Fundraising event in support of their Wheelchair Panama project. On July 30, fifty people attended a Wine Dinner at LaTeca Restaurant in Coronado where a unique, four-course menu was served along with four selected wines donated by Felipe Motta Wine Stores.

In order to provide specially designed wheelchairs for disabled children and adults, the Rotary Club of Playa Coronado has set a fund-raising goal of $30,000 by September 15. This will allow purchase and distribution of approximately 150 wheelchairs to be delivered to those in need from Penonome, San Carlos, Coronado and down to Chame in March of 2015. These rugged and adaptive wheelchairs are able to withstand difficult local conditions. In keeping with the Rotary’s motto: Service Above Self, Rotarians are committed to this project and WILL make it happen.

The Rotarians in the Playa Coronado area, as well as in the surrounding areas where folks will be receiving these wheelchairs, are asking for help from neighbors, friends and business owners to come to the aid of these disabled people and give them the mobility and dignity they deserve. Additionally, the caregivers of these recipients will be free from carrying their loved ones everywhere they need to go. A $200 donation will buy one custom wheelchair. If you donate this amount, your name will be placed on a plaque that will be permanently attached to the chair. A $500 contribution from you or your business will give you a framed certificate with a picture of the chair being delivered to the chosen recipient. A $1000 donation will give you the certificate with the picture and the permanent plaque on the wheelchair.

The Rotary Club’s next fundraising event will be held on Wednesday, August 27 at Picasso Bar and Restaurante in Coronado. Local musician, John July (a Rotarian), will be joined by Bobby Henderson for an evening of music.

For more information or giving a contribution, please contact –

President – Jackie Kendziorek: marjac1998@gmail.com

Fundraising Chair – Phyllis Eig phylliseig@gmail.com

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