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Impact Overland For Kenya

Hello everyone! Thank you for checking out my fundraising page in support of the Walkabout Wheelchair Assembly & Repair Centre in Kenya.

In May 2022, my mom and I joined the Walkabout team for a trip to their Centre in Nanyuki. It was an incredible experience that will stay with us forever! We met the local team, learned how to assemble and fit wheelchairs, went on an outreach distribution and even played sitting volleyball! We felt so fortunate to be a part of such a powerful mission.

This was my first time in Kenya, a place I wanted to experience first-hand after hearing about the Walkabout Centre. I had been to Africa before, and experienced the hardships people face, but not since becoming a wheelchair user myself. It was very humbling, to say the least. Being from the US, I hadn’t considered the stigma surrounding persons with disabilities. People will disassociate themselves from you if you have a child with a disability, and you are left isolated from the community. It’s heart-wrenching, but despite the adversity, they are some of the strongest people I’ve ever met.

The Kenyan team at the Walkabout Centre consists of 16 local staff members, six of whom are wheelchair users and past beneficiaries, who assemble and fit wheelchairs for people in need across the country. The team’s family mentality and caring energy shines through from the second you meet them. 

I could go on and on about my experience in Kenya, but I suggest you watch the video about our trip by clicking the button below. It was really a special experience for my mom and I, and it wouldn’t have been possible without your support. Your contributions not only provide wheelchairs to people in need, but also provide employment, create purpose, and help change the stigma surrounding disability.

I’m more driven now than ever before to help support the Walkabout Kenya Centre, and I’m aiming to raise $35,000 for a container of life-changing wheelchairs for kids and adults in need.

Together, we have the power to change lives! Every little bit helps!

Thank you!

-Kirk, Julie, and Maddox

 

Celebrate Luis’ Birthday With Walkabout

September is a very special month for all of us at Walkabout – it marks Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month and our co-founder Luis’ birthday! He is the very first #WalkaboutHero and a huge inspiration to us all.

Luis was Spinal Cord Injured at the age 18. He was a high-school graduate, with his whole life ahead of him… but he didn’t let his injury stop him from making a positive impact in the world. Since launching Walkabout in 2009, Luis and his sister Carolina have changed the lives of over 60,700 people around the world!

As many of you know, the Dominican Republic is a very special place for the Gonzalez-Bunster family, a second home. Children with mobility disabilities in the Dominican Republic are in huge need as the country lacks supply of specialized pediatric wheelchairs. This October, the Walkabout Team aims to return to the Dominican to provide 200 life-changing wheelchairs to children in need.

In honor of Luis and his mission to improve the lives of people with mobility disabilities around the world, we are asking you to celebrate his birthday with us by making a donation!

100% of your donation will go towards giving the gift of mobility to children in need in the Dominican Republic.

 

Matteo’s Donation Page

Please join us in welcoming the arrival of baby Matteo!

Your presence would be the best gift we could ask for on this joyous day. However, should you also wish to make a monetary contribution to a worthy cause in Matteo’s honour, please click the button ‘donate’ on this page today!

 

Wetherby Kensington for Walkabout!

On Friday October 8th, Wetherby Kensington will be completing a fun charity walk around Battersea Park!

We will get together as a school to walk in honour of those who can’t and try to build as many wheelchairs as possible so we can send them to children in need in the developing world! Every £250 raised is the equivalent of one life-changing wheelchair.

Every donation will help Walkabout in their mission of changing the world of mobility disabilities – one person, one wheelchair at a time!

Thank you for visiting our page and supporting us!

Click here to visit Wetherby Kensington’s website.

David J. Sniader’s Memorial Campaign

Created by the family of David J. Sniader (1962-2021) who was confined to a wheelchair following a spinal cord injury, from age 22 until his passing at age 58 in January,2021. 65 million people worldwide need wheelchairs and cannot afford them. Our goal is to help in Walkabout’s efforts to create and donate sustainable wheelchairs in 25 developing countries and to support the rehab centers and research which they fund.

Walkabout builds the wheelchairs out of sustainable materials wherever possible, employing people in the countries where they are distributed. Each chair costs around $300. Donated/used wheelchairs are also distributed by this organization. They also run two childrens’ rehabilitation/family education centers at present, one in India and one in Kenya where they also provide meals to the children.

Further, the foundation helps to fund research at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) for spinal cord injury research in Chicago, Illinois.  David spent 7 months there in 1984-85, following his accident.

Our brother David is remembered for his perseverance in the face of adversity, his engineering skills (fixing antique tractors was his passion) and his warm-hearted smile. Please help us remember him by remembering others.

The Walkabout Foundation is a small organization with an administrative staff of only 5 people whose salaries are funded by “angel” investors, so every penny of your donation goes to the wheelchair/rehab/research efforts.

The Sniader family thanks you for your donation. Your “thank you note” via email will serve as your tax receipt. Please note the amounts are shown here in British Pounds but there is a drop-down for $.

Domenico’s Spinal Cord Injury Research Campaign

Dear Family & Friends,

As many of you know, on March 29th 2021, I suffered a ski accident in Switzerland, which led to two cervical bone fractures with a serious Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) compromise that required surgery. I had surgery on April 1st 2021, and from there the recovery process has been more than successful!

Luckily, this accident did not turn out to be a tragedy. I am doing very well and I am finally back to living my normal lifestyle again… back to working hard, running kilometres, kilometres and more kilometres, and enjoying life at its fullest!

During my recovery, I was constantly thinking about how to give back for this second lease on life God has given me. During my research, I found the Walkabout Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides wheelchairs and rehabilitation to people in need in the developing world and funds research to find a cure for paralysis.

I have decided to work with them in raising awareness on this topic and raising funds for SCI research. As I said, I was extremely lucky, however, many people aren’t so lucky and their futures are drastically changed when they have a Spinal Cord Injury.

Please help us in this journey with a donation. Anything helps! Even one dollar, euro or pound! Click the donate button above to help find a cure for paralysis today! Let’s combine forces and help advance the field of SCI research.

If you are interested in discussing the Walkabout Foundation and my case, please contact me at domenicogonzalezrossi@hotmail.com.

Thank you and my best wishes,

Domenico

50 Mile Challenge 🏃‍♂️

From May-August 2021 I will be donating $1 per mile I run to the Walkabout Foundation. My goal is to raise enough money to provide someone in need with a wheelchair and to raise money for Spinal Cord Injury research so that people with disabilities can have the opportunity to stand tall one day. I also hope to motivate people to exercise for something more than just their own personal fitness.

I invite all of you to join me on my runs and to make a contribution. I will be posting my activites on Strava and my Instagram stories (@colinmulligann). I hope to bring a lot of support along with me! Let’s do this 🏃‍♂️

Facebook

my first foray into social media fundraising, sharing information with friends in an effort to reach my overall goal.

Impact Overland For Kenya

Luis’ Birthday Campaign!

Walkabout is so excited to celebrate our co-founder Luis’ birthday on Tuesday, the 29th of September!

As September marks Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, we’re asking you to celebrate Luis’ birthday with us by making a donation in his honour and helping us get one step closer to finding a cure for paralysis!  

In order for Walkabout to continue funding The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s study: Boosting Spinal Cord Plasticity in Humans with Chronic Spinal Cord Injury we need to raise $55,000!

Help us reach this goal today!

#GivingTuesdayNow

Dear Friends,

We are all facing unprecedented challenges under the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic, but here at Walkabout Foundation, we are really taking a huge hit as our fundraising events for this spring and summer have been cancelled, and we have had to postpone so many different initiatives and activities we had planned. 

Many of you may have heard of “GIVING TUESDAY” which typically takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving day. As a result of this global crisis, the charitable sector has launch #GIVINGTUESDAYNOW, a global day of giving and unity, to take place on Tuesday, May 5th around the world.

We would like to take the opportunity to ask you to help the 30 severely disabled kids we host in Nanyuki, Kenya each day, whose families live on less than one dollar a day, and who rely on our support to have 3 meals a day and much needed physical rehabilitation. Our centre has had to close down and is on the verge of closing down indefinitely if we can’t find a way to fundraise. We have set up a #GVINGTUESDAYNOW fundraising page on our site and we ask that you kindly consider donating any amount to help us keep our Kenyan centre alive. It costs us £300 pounds a year to maintain each child, so perhaps you may consider sponsoring a child for a year. We promise it will be a gift you will not regret and a gift that keeps on giving.

With all our love and gratitude,

The Walkabout Team

Carolina’s Birthday Campaign

Dear friends,

The past few weeks have been difficult, uncertain and frightening for many of us. That’s why, this Mother’s Day, we feel it is more important than ever to give thanks for the hope, kindness and love that mothers bring into the world every day.

Last month, I visited our Walkabout Wheelchair Centre in Kenya, where we assemble and provide wheelchairs to people across the country, as well as offering rehabilitation to children with disabilities and training programmes to their carers.

In the majority of cases we see in Kenya, the main carer of a child with a disability is their (often single) mother, and I met many during my visit. As a mother of two myself, I was particularly struck by two things: firstly, the strength of the love that these mothers had for their children, despite their often incredibly difficult situation; and secondly, the multifaceted way that our centre is helping these mothers.

A wheelchair makes it easier for a mother to take her child out with her – meaning she no longer has to leave her child alone when going to work or to the shops. It also often means that a child can go to school for the first time – giving mum the time to get a job. The rehabilitation that the children receive often leads to great improvements in their condition, making their care easier. And, perhaps most importantly, the training and counselling programme offered to carers – which covers everything from physical exercises, to feeding, to understanding disability – gives mothers the tools they need to put their love into practice in the best way possible.

So, today, on a day to show our gratitude to mothers everywhere – and a day that also happens to be my birthday! – I ask you to celebrate with me in a special way. Let’s give more mothers, like those I met in Kenya, the possibilities that are opened up by giving mobility to their child.  Please, donate today!