The Dominica Red Cross has collaborated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on a project to provide free wheelchairs for those in need.
Five key personnel were trained to be able to assess persons who require a wheelchair.
The project was introduced last week and Managing Director of the Dominica Red Cross, Kathleen Pinard-Byrne said it will provide wheelchairs and other mobility aids provided by LDS Charities to benefit disabled persons who need them and meet the criteria to receive.
“Over the past four days a Wheelchair Service Provision Course has been provided by LDS Representatives present here today to these five gentlemen who now have the skills to assess the particular needs of individuals and provide them with a suitable indoor or outdoor wheelchair,” Pinard-Byrne stated. “Three of them have also been trained to maintain and repair the wheelchair provided.”
She asked beneficiaries to take care of the wheelchairs.
“As with any gift provided we ask that these wheelchairs are well looked after by the beneficiaries and when no longer required, to return them to the Dominica Red Cross so that others may benefit from their use,” she stated.
She went on to say in order to meet the future needs of persons requiring the service, the Red Cross have set aside Wednesdays, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, to meet with them for assessment and provision of wheelchairs as necessary.