Mobility Devices

Thu, Apr 22, 2021

BIDDEFORD — They say many hands make light work. This was certainly true Wednesday night, when members of the Saco Bay Sunset Rotary Club gathered to unload a donation of 430 mobility aids that will later be shipped to a developing country.

The trailer load of crutches, walkers, canes and other devices was driven up from Cape Cod that evening by Rotarian Dennis Robillard. The items were collected by Rotary clubs in Massachusetts.

The mobility aids were unpacked, sorted out and put away for temporary storage in a donated warehouse space in Biddeford. They will be part of the next local shipment that will be sent oversees through Crutches 4 Africa.

Crutches 4 Africa is a non-profit organization formed in 2006 by David Talbot. While in Uganda in 2005, Talbot saw polio survivors, disabled from the disease and shunned by their community. Talbot, a survivor of polio, discovered that back home in the United States, there were many lightly used crutches, canes, and other mobility aids in attics and garages. Often, after someone recovers from an injury, the mobility aid they needed while injured will be packed away and not used again.

These items that are collecting dust in attics and garages or clogging up landfills can change the life of a disabled person in a developing country. With a walker or a pair of crutches, they can become a productive member of their community.

Robillard, who spearheads local collection efforts for Crutches 4 Africa, estimates that over the past decade, local he and other area Rotarians have collected about 30,000 mobility aids that have been sent overseas.

Publisher Liz Gotthelf can be reached at newsdesk@sacobaynews.com.

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Rotary Jeopardy

Whatcha gonna do during a pandemic?  Do, do do do do do do.  Challenge another club to a game night of Rotary Jeopardy!!   That’s right, we play games.  Saco Bay Sunset challenged the Scarborough club for some fun.  Everyone brought snacks and their favorite beverage.  We learned something new about each other as well as Rotary.  It was not mandatory to be right,  but it was to laugh and have fun.  The prize to the winners was total admiration for ourselves and the other team.  The winning team will also host an outing with the winnings. 😊 
Rotary Jeopardy Tina Wilson 2021-04-14 04:00:00Z 0

Saco Bay Sunset starts medical loan closet

The Rotary Club of Saco Bay Sunset started a free loan closet for durable medical equipment. Items include crutches, walker, wheelchair, shower seat, grabber, hospital bed, cane, Rollator Walker, portable commode, transfer lift, transfer chair and knee walker. Quantities on some items are limited. Please feel free to share this information with your friends and coworkers.
Saco Bay Sunset starts medical loan closet Dennis Robillard 2018-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

US Map Painting

Club members got together and painted a map of the United States.  We have painted 2 maps so far; Dayton and Jameson Elementary.  
 
US Map Painting Tina Wilson 2018-07-16 04:00:00Z 0

Crutches 4 Africa

 
It's that time again to wrap'em and stack'em!  Thursday, July 26th at 5:00 we will be getting mobility devices ready for the next container.  If you are looking for something to do, COME ON DOWN!  AND bring a friend.  
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November 12, 2015

New guests introduced themselves.
 
Items that were discusses were: 
  • how having a song came about
  • get people engaged
  • to have or not to have a head table
  • the 4 Way Test at the begining or at the end of the meeting.
Dennis and Israel gave a website presentation. 
 
Dave Talbot will be our speaker next week.  He will be talking about his Crutches 4 Africa project.
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Dress Up To Drive Out Human Trafficking

Posted on Oct 30, 2015

Dress Up To Drive Out Human Trafficking 

 
District 7780 Rotarians are invited to attend an important District event "Dress up to Drive Out Human Trafficking" to be held on Friday evening, October 30, 2015 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. at One Longfellow Square in Portland, Maine. This is a costume party (the day before Halloween) including appetizers, cash bar, silent auction, dancing to the Denny Breau Band and prizes for costumes. It is also an event to raise awareness about the serious issue of human trafficking which occurs all over the world as well as here in our District. Speakers will be Carol Hart Metzker, author of Facing the Monster and Dee Clark, a human trafficking survivor and advocate. For more information and to register for the event, click here.
 
- See more at: http://www.rotary7780.org/#sthash.pZoPuMhK.dpuf
Dress Up To Drive Out Human Trafficking Israel Collins 2015-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

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What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.
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Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
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Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
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India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
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