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 $.