A TGA donation of mobility scooters and wheelchairs to PhysioNet has helped the charity ship its 100th container of life-changing assistive equipment overseas, with this latest donation heading 9,831 miles around the world to Fiji.
PhysioNet supplies free physiotherapy and mobility equipment to developing countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific and in 2017 was given the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This latest donation was collected by the Saffron Walden Rotarians, who collect disused products from local hospitals and companies such as TGA before sending them to PhysioNet's depot for quality checking and shipping.
Scheduled to arrive in late December, the latest 40-foot container shipped from the charity will include TGA’s latest donation of seven wheelchairs, three mobility scooters and a powerchair which includes a Strongback, Breeze Midi 3 and Breeze S4 GT.
“We once again appreciate TGA's kind donation and thank the business on behalf of the final scooter and wheelchair recipients,” John Tapscott, PhysioNet Trustee and Rotarian volunteer said. “These products will indeed improve the lives of disabled users in Fiji and beyond where this is little or no state provision. We continue to see how donated mobility equipment enables disabled people from developing countries to achieve more from life. Attending school, starting to work or simply being able to enjoy quality time with friends and family are all possible with the right mobility equipment.”
“We love the thought of our equipment ending up and being made use of as far away as Fiji,” Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director adds. “We struggle to recycle and utilise some equipment so to pass it on to such resourceful people like PhysioNet who can help people around the world is really rewarding. We’re really looking forward to seeing photos of the equipment with its new owners and will continue to help PhysioNet as much as we can. We’re already wondering where the next batch will end up.”