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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.

 

Camilla’s Royal Parks Half Marathon 2022

Dear family and friends,

Thank you for making it to this page and for sponsoring me for my first-ever half marathon.

The event is just 5 short weeks away… and so far I have run a maximum of 6km. To say, it’s a challenge for me is an understatement – as many of you know I do not run AT ALL and up until recently was a very heavy smoker too. Combine the two, and it’s safe to say you do not have a recipe for marathon success…!

However, in honour of those who cannot run, and to support a charity that is incredibly dear to my heart, I am working hard to change my ways and complete the half on the 9th October!

Having worked at Walkabout Foundation for 4+ years, I can promise that 100 percent of what I raise will go 100 percent to supporting two people in need of wheelchairs in Uganda. Having visited Walkabout’s projects myself, and personally met disabled South Sudanese refugees who have fled the conflict to the safety of Uganda – I can’t overstate just how much a wheelchair can help improve their quality of life. It can help a child go to school, a parent to go to the market or a mother to simply feel beautiful again and have her dignity back. By supporting me today, you aren’t only giving back the gift of mobility to two people but you are also standing for a basic human right.

Absolutely every penny raised counts!! Thank you so much for the support. I promise to send you a sweaty selfie after the event and to personally update you on the two lives you’ve helped to change too.

Thank you! 

Camilla

Cheng’s London Marathon 2022

 

Dear friends & family,

This year, I have set myself the challenge of running the 2022 London Marathon in honour of Walkabout Foundation, aiming to fundraise £3,000 for their global wheelchair projects! £3,000 is the equivalent of 12 life-changing wheelchairs for people in desperate need in the developing world.

I invite you to support me in reaching my target, and support Walkabout Foundation in its mission to change the world of mobility disabilities, one person, one wheelchair at a time.

Every donation makes a difference. Thank you for all your support!

Teryl’s Healing and Birthday 5K

In 2021, I dealt with some health issues that seriously affected my mobility. I spent 6 months barely able to walk to the end of my own driveway, which was a life-altering experience for me. Fortunately, my issues were fixed with surgery but I still had a long road of recovery ahead.

When I was discharged from hospital, I made a simple phone call to rent a walker and lift chair that were delivered to my house within hours. Later, a government programme reimbursed the costs and subsidised the costs of physiotherapy during my recovery. For me it was so simple, but not everyone has access to that kind of support.I’ve recognised the need to support and empower those with mobility disabilities, and now that I’m healthy again, it’s my turn to do so.

I’m committing to running 5k for my 40th birthday (14th May 2023) and I invite you to support me by donating to my campaign!

I believe that everyone deserves the kind of support and attention that I received during my recovery journey. Which is why, 100% of all funds I raise will go towards Walkabout Foundation’s wonderful rehabilitation centres in Kenya and India. These centres provide a safe haven for children with mobility disabilities, providing them with support and rehabilitation in a comfortable and caring environment.

Please donate today and celebrate healing with me!

Katie’s Berlin Marathon 2022

Dear Friends and Family,

For 2022, I have set myself the challenge of not only running the world famous Berlin Marathon, but also fundraising £1,000 /$1,300 for Walkabout Foundation and I’m asking for your support!

£1,000 is the equivalent of 4 life-changing wheelchairs for people in desperate need in the developing world. Please help me reach my target this year, and help Walkabout Foundation in its mission to change the world of mobility disabilities – one person, one wheelchair at a time.

Thank you so much for all of your support!

Alex’s Royal Parks Half Marathon 2022

Dear friends and family,

In 2022, I will be running the Royal Parks Half Marathon in honour of Walkabout Foundation to help bring mobility to people in need in the developing world.

I invite you to support me in reaching my goal, and support Walkabout’s mission to provide dignity, freedom and independence to people with mobility disabilities around the world!

100% of every donation will go towards providing someone in need with a life-changing wheelchair. Let’s change lives together!

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!

 

Support Our Emergency Container for Ukraine

In February 2022, Vladimir Putin launched a military invasion of Ukraine. A devastating humanitarian crisis, fuelled by years of political instability, continues to unfold in the country.

There are 2.7 million people with disabilities currently residing in Ukraine. These 2.7 million individuals form part of the most vulnerable and marginalised. They don’t have the necessary support, resources, or care to help them escape the conflict, let alone recover from their injuries. Meanwhile, women and girls with disabilities face an even higher risk of gender-based violence and their lives are in constant danger.

Last month, we promised you we would find a way to help. And we’ve done just that! After many calls, emails, and countless conversations with experts in the field, we have identified how to help. Together with our long-standing partner, Momentum 4 Humanity, we will send a container of wheelchairs to a distribution centre in Lviv and distribute them to those most in need.

As we continue to #Pray4Ukraine, we ask for your support in providing these wheelchairs to those who have lost everything and need to flee the country. One wheelchair costs us £250, including the order, shipping and distribution. Please, help us help Ukraine today and donate to our emergency container. Click the donate button to help us change 100 lives in Ukraine. 

Pavlos’ Christening in support of Walkabout!

Dear friends & family,

We are so excited to welcome you in Milan in a couple weeks’ time to celebrate our little Pavlos!
Your presence at the christening is a gift in itself, however if you wish to buy a present for Pavlos, we invite you to change someone else’s life instead.
Walkabout Foundation in on a mission to provide wheelchairs to those who can’t afford them, thereby restoring their dignity, freedom and independence while also funding research to find a cure for paralysis.
We hope you join us in supporting this great cause and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
We can’t wait to see you all soon!
Lots of love,
Dimitris, Evi, Christos and Pavlos

Muhammad’s Berlin Marathon 2022

Dear Friends and Family,

For 2022, I have set myself the challenge of not only running the world famous Berlin Marathon, but also fundraising £1,000 ($1,300) for Walkabout Foundation and I’m asking for your support!

£1,000 ($1,300) is the equivalent of 4 life-changing wheelchairs for people in desperate need in the developing world. Please help me reach my target, and help Walkabout Foundation in its mission to change the world of mobility disabilities – one person, one wheelchair at a time.

Thank you for all of your support!
Muhammad

Domenico’s London Marathon 2022

Dear friends and family,

In 2022, I will be completing the London Marathon in honour of Walkabout Foundation! My goal is to raise $4,000 (£3,000) – the equivalent of 12 life-changing wheelchairs for people in need in the developing world.

I invite you to support me in reaching my target, and support Walkabout’s mission to change the world of mobility disabilities – one person, one wheelchair at a time. Every dollar, euro or pound you give will go towards providing someone in need with the gift of mobility.

Thank you and best wishes,

Domenico