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Matthew’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 fundraise £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 pound donated will also be matched by Euromonitor!

Thanks so much for your support.

– Matt

Christian’s London Marathon 2022

I’m lacing up my running shoes and training for another marathon! I’m excited to share that this time it’s across the pond in the UK. Most importantly however, I am running in honor of my brother, Cory, who was born with spina bifida—a condition which can severely limit a person’s mobility.

I invite you join me in supporting the Walkabout Foundation’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.

My goal is to raise $4,000, enough to supply 12 wheelchairs for those in need, but I can’t do it alone! Every dollar counts, and I would be so grateful for a donation of any size.

If you are unable to assist financially at this time, spreading the news to friends and family who may also like to join in this mission would mean a lot. Simply share the link to this site via text, email, or social media.

I greatly appreciate your support in making a positive impact on the lives of those with mobility disabilities.

Wheelchair for Enhanced Mobility

Disability is an evolving concept and it results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal as well as environmental barriers that hinders their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.

 

Disabilities can occur at any stage in a person’s life, such as during pregnancy, delivery, infancy, childhood, youth, adulthood and old age. The major causes of disabilities include: infections, poisoning, radiation, genetic defects, accidents, violence including war, lack of oxygen during birth, harmful traditions, poverty and ignorance, lack of sufficient and balanced food, lack of social contact, and the occurrence of chronic diseases.

 

It is estimated that there are about 20 million Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Ethiopia. These fall under different categories of disabilities which include i) Sensory Impairments: deficiency or constraints in sight, hearing, smelling and/or tasting; ii) Physical Disabilities: disabilities that are related to hands, legs, chest, backbone, shoulder, bottom and the like; iii) Intellectual Disabilities (autism as well as other defects in understanding one’s environment, learning, and writing; and iv) Psychosocial Disabilities: psychosocial problems such as depression, isolation, sleeping for long hours, as well as failure to achieve personal and social goals.

Following the sweeping political and socioeconomic changes in Ethiopia which began in April 2018, there have been sporadic and recurrent conflicts maliciously instigated in several parts of the country by some covert groups who vehemently oppose to the promising reforms, contributing to a lot of property damage, deaths and physical disabilities. More alarmingly, the number of persons with physical disabilities and sensory impairments is likely to increase dramatically due to the war being waged in Northern Ethiopia. Therefore, the Disability Affairs Directorate under the Ethiopian Ministry of Women and Social Affairs strives to mobilize mobility enhancing resources from around the world! We urgently need supports in kind (particularly such mobility aids as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes, and crutches) in order to positively and productively respond to the crucial needs of PWDs in Ethiopia.

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 $.

Golf Specchio dell’anima

Dopo essere stata introdotta alla Walkabout Foundation, Titty (Maria Amedeo) ha apprezzato la missione, lo spirito e la concreteza del loro operato. Per questa ragione ha voluto donare integralmente il ricavato della vendita del suo libro, “Golf. specchio dell’anima” a questa fantastica causa.

Walkabout Foundation si occupa di prestare aiuto alle persone con gravi disabilità motorie che vivono nei paesi del terzo mon- do dove spesso, purtroppo, i più deboli sono lasciati per ultimi, o addirittura dimenticati.
Una delle principali attività dell’organizzazione è la distribuzione di sedie a rotelle per persone di tutte le età in vari paesi africani. Questa semplice donazione ha un impatto immediato sulla vita quotidiana delle persone che la ricevono, perché rappresenta per loro un importante miglioramento dello stile di vita e delle oppor- tunità di relazione con gli altri, con l’ambiente e con se stessi.

Aggiorneremo costantemente questa pagina con i risultati delle vendite

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.

Beverly’s London Marathon 2021

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!