In late January Rotary District 5490 visited Hermosillo, Mexico and distributed 110 wheelchairs. Rebecca Wilks, MD, a Past President of Peoria North Rotary Club, attended the distribution and wrote the below story.
“I have some history with the Wheelchair Foundation. I’d read Ken Behring’s Book, Road to Purpose. Our club honors High School Students of the Month with wheelchairs donated in their names. I’d even had (thwarted) plans to join another wheelchair distribution trip to Mexico several years ago.”
“There were 49 of us, Rotarians from Arizona and friends on a bus. We were lavishly entertained in Hermosillo by our partners in this endeavor, the Hermosillo Pitic Rotary Club. Like many International Rotary trips, it was as much a cultural exchange as a service trip.”
“Rotary District 5490 has been delivering Wheelchair Foundation chairs to various parts of Mexico for at least a decade.”
“There were 8 Rotarians and spouses from our club, Peoria North Rotary. We helped to deliver 110 wheelchairs that Saturday. A dozen went to Guaymas to be used short-term on a rotating basis. We were honored to hear some personal stories from the recipients and to see the power of connection of people across cultures.”
“I’ll let the images tell the stories.”