How We Support the Wheelchair Foundation

(Mexico - 2009)

(Mexico – 2009)

Our first introduction to the Wheelchair Foundation was when Bill went on a Wheelchair Distribution with Pleasanton North Rotary to Tulancingo, Mexico in 2002.

It was a life changing experience for Bill and he knew that this was something he wanted to dedicate himself to. He then made two more wheelchair delivery trips to Chile over the next couple of years.

In 2005 Don and Josh joined Bill and several Rotarians on a wheelchair delivery trip to Baja California, Mexico.  They too felt that this had changed their lives and they were instantly committed to this effort.

Since 2005, Don, Josh and Bill have been raising money to provide wheelchairs for those in need.  Each ocean freight container of 280 wheelchairs costs $42,000 (280 x $150).  Their focus is on Latin America with a goal to deliver wheelchairs to those in need in all 21 countries in Latin America.

Their approach to fundraising has so far focused on their friends and colleagues, support from the Pleasanton Hilton and through the new From the Heart – Schools Project.  More than 50 schools in Pleasanton, San Ramon, Danville, Alamo, Hayward and Oakland participate annually in the From the Heart wheelchair project.

(Mexico - 2011)

(Mexico – 2011)

The purpose of the Schools Project is not just to raise money for wheelchairs but to raise awareness about the need for mobility around the world.

In addition the objective is to sensitize students to interacting with people that have physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities.  To this end Del Corazon has been working with both the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) and the Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) to create an Ability Awareness Curriculum.  To learn more about this project go to the “Schools Project” tab on the upper right of this page.

As of July, 2014 Bill, Josh and Don have teamed to personally go on 24 wheelchair delivery trips to 16 countries in Latin America where they have delivered 7,800 wheelchairs.  Their most recent trip was to Honduras and Costa Rica in July 2014.  Their next trips will be to Suriname in February 2015 and Peru in the summer of 2015.