Active Events Walkabout
Active Events

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 happily, once I recover completely, I will be able to have a normal lifestyle again… back to working hard, running kilometres, kilometres and more kilometres, and enjoying life at its fullest!

During these first 8 weeks of recovery, I have been 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!

Jack’s 4th Birthday

Jack received many presents for Chanukah and Christmas and has therefore decided that he doesn’t need any more toys for his birthday.

Instead, he has asked his friends to make a donation to one of the three charities. All three organisations are run by people we love, with missions close to our hearts.

Thank you for visiting his Walkabout page – he would love you to make a donation, no matter how big or small – and we all can’t thank you enough for your generosity.

Impact Overland

Impact Overland was founded by Kirk Williams, a C6 quadriplegic adventure photographer who loves to travel. Kirk broke his neck in 2009 mountain biking but has refused to sit still.

After realizing the freedom he could achieve through overlanding in a camper van, Kirk conjured the idea to drive from Santiago, Chile to Patagonia before working his way back north to Colombia. He will be taking photos and writing all along the way @Impact.Overland or www.ImpactOverland.com. Kirk will be driving his van while his brother rides a motorcycle.

Kirk has realized how fortunate he is to live in a country where this sort of opportunity is possible (even with a disability) and therefore wanted to make a positive impact and give back to people throughout his journey by partnering with the Walkabout Foundation.

The fundraising goal of $25,000 would be enough to send a container full of wheelchairs to somewhere of Kirk’s choosing in South America and make a significant difference in many people’s lives.

Walkabout Hero Winter Walk

On Saturday, December 7th, the Georgetown Retail and Luxury Association will be hosting and participating in the Walkabout Hero Winter Walk! Please help us by donating to an incredible charity, Walkabout Foundation, and if you are currently residing in the D.C. metropolitan area, join us in this Christmas themed walk from Georgetown University to the Lincoln Memorial and back!

Walkabout Foundation is committed to providing wheelchairs and rehabilitation to people in the developing world as well as funding research to find a cure for paralysis. Any donation is deeply appreciated.

Participation is free of cost, and donations are open to all regardless of attendance. Register and donate now!

 

The walk will commence at 12pm sharp and will be followed by a stand offering baked goods, coffee, and hot chocolate. Everyone is more than welcome to attend the finish line celebrations. We look forward to seeing you with your Santa hat and Christmassy attire!

Walkabout Kenya Team – Desert Wheel Race!

Dear friends,

Lucy, Peris, Carol and Sam from our Walkabout Kenya gang will be taking part in The Desert Wheel Race on 12th October (Peris and Sam) and The Desert Fashion Gala on the evening of 11th October (Carol and Lucy) in Isiolo County, Kenya. The Desert Wheel Race is a patented annual flagship event in Kenya, organized by NONDO, a Public Benefit Organization that advocates for the rights, inclusion and participation of persons with disability in Kenya.

Help them fundraise enough money to provide 10 wheelchairs for disabled children in a local rehabilitation school!

These guys know first-hand what it’s like to live with a disability. They work tirelessly at our Wheelchair Assembly Centre in Nanyuki to not only provide wheelchairs to people in need, but they also are an amazing example to the beneficiaries, fighting stigma attached to disability in Kenya and proving that if you’re differently-abled you can still do all the cool things!

“Disability is not inability and I believe in myself. I can do better and encourage other ladies with disability to have self-confidence and self-esteem when it comes to representing their talent in a congregation. Walkabout Foundation helped me to be independent, they encourage me to accept my condition, and give me ways to improve it – it’s not just mobility it’s possibility.” – says Carolyne, Wheelchair Assembler.

“This NONDO fashion show means a lot to me because I have never done this before, nor even thought that I would be able to stand in front of more than two people, it’s like a dream to me. I am so excited. Also I will be able to interact with other people living with disability and those who have lost hope, to show them that it’s not the end of the world. “Be Happy!”” – Lucy, Office Assistant at our Wheelchair Centre.

Help Lucy, Peris, Carol and Sam reach their target – Donate Today! Every penny counts!

Peris and Sam.

Carolyne and Lucy.