Taiwanese foundation to donate 100 wheelchairs

Tye showing one of the 100 wheelchairs to be given to the needy under the ‘Love Without Borders’ campaign by Eden Social Welfare Foundation Taiwan.

EDEN Social Welfare Foundation Taiwan plans to present 100 free wheelchairs to deserving recipients in Malaysia through its “Love Without Borders” Wheelchair Donation 2018 campaign.

The offer is open from now until March 1 and applications should be sent to the Eden Handicap Service Centre Penang branch.

Its Penang centre co-founder and administrator Madelene Tye said mobility was the first step away from poverty for people with disabilities.

“One wheelchair can lead to employment and in turn, improve the economic situation of a family.

“The foundation is donating 100 new wheelchairs to our centre and they will be given to those who really cannot afford to buy wheelchairs.

“We are looking for deserving recipients in the country,” she said at a press conference at the Caring Society Complex.

Manufactured in Taiwan, each wheelchair weighs 13kg and costs RM600.

“We will be giving out the wheelchairs on a first-come, first-served basis.

“It’s better if the applicants can produce medical reports.

“If they cannot personally come for the assessment, their relatives can come to apply, as long as they provide proof.

“Organisations and hospitals can also apply. However, the offer is limited to a maximum of two wheelchairs each as our priority is individual applicants,” she said.

Tye said the wheelchairs would be presented to recipients on March 19.

For details, call 04-2282 758 (Tye) between 11am and 4pm (Monday to Friday).

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