Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Follow FWM
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal) selected Free Wheelchair Mission (@fwmission) as one of 15 organizations to follow on Instagram in August 2019. We’re humbled and honored to be among 15 amazing organizations highlighted for “persevering at the grassroots level, connecting our global community through a shared lens of giving back and helping one another.”
Road Trip for Mobility
Peru missionary Nick Balcombe and friends drove from Lima, Peru, to Ushuaia, Argentina at the tip of South America on a road trip to raise funds for wheelchairs.
Chef Works Cares
Chef Works Cares, the charitable arm of Chef Works, announced that Free Wheelchair Mission is one of four recipients of its 2019 Chef Works Cares grant awards. “We’re ecstatic about the four groups we selected because their dedication is unwavering and their causes are inspiring,” said Cynthia McCormick, HR vice president for Chef Works, who chairs the Chef Works Cares grant committee. “We are in awe of what the people at Free Wheelchair Mission are doing.”
Spectrum 1 News aired a piece on Don Schoendorfer that was filmed at our wheelchair test track. Watch the 2.5 minute segment here.
Birthday Party with a Purpose
FWM Ambassador Jenean Hill (2nd from left, dancing with her husband, Gary) kicked off a fundraiser with 36 wheelchairs donated at her birthday party in Lake Forest, CA. Another donor matched the gift, and a total of 108 wheelchairs were raised! Happy birthday, Jenean—and thank you for all you do to provide the gift of mobility to others!
Nuka Solomon Promoted to CEO of Free Wheelchair Mission
Congratulations, Nuka! “This step recognizes Nuka’s significant contribution to Free Wheelchair Mission over the past two years,” commented Stuart Rattray, chairman of the FWM board. Read the full press release here.
A Record-Breaking Miracle of Mobility
The 16th Annual Miracle of Mobility Gala was the biggest one yet, raising a record-breaking $1.8 million and providing wheelchairs to 22,500 people in need around the world. Tune in to the main program on our Facebook Page and be inspired by FWM Founder & President Don Schoendorfer and special guest speaker, television personality Victoria Arlen.
Bowling for Mobility
Thanks to the generosity of friends at Cushman & Wakefield, who held a fundraiser at a staff bowling party, 14 people living with a disability will soon receive the gift of a wheelchair.
Eight containers of wheelchairs arrived at port in Guatemala, Uganda, and China during the month of July. More than 4,000 people living with disabilities in these countries will soon receive the gift of mobility.