Sunday, October 2

US couple donate ‘new cars’ to handicapped

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TAWAU: Getting a new wheelchair is like receiving a new car for a handicapped person and the recipient will go round and  round testing it.

Latter-day Saints Charities volunteer couple from the United States, Kenneth and Gloria Larson, said it was joy to see the handicapped people trying out their new wheelchairs.

“It’s like a new car where they get new wheels,” she said when describing the handicapped people who were given new wheelchairs.

However, Kenneth said it was not as simple as that as they had to train the handicapped people how to properly use and maintain their wheelchairs which came from the United States.

“In each wheelchair there is a guide on how to use it safely,” he said when handing 60 such wheelchairs to the Red Crescent Tawau branch.

He said with proper maintenance and usage, the wheelchairs would be able to last for about five years.

Those who are using old wheelchairs can come to the Red Crescent here and they will have a look at the chairs to determine whether new ones are needed.

Kenneth and Gloria are the fourth couple who volunteered to come to Malaysia which is one of the 27 countries that are serviced by the volunteers from Latter-day Saints Charities.

They will spend 14 months in Malaysia and have made many new friends and love it here. They are already feeling sad to be leaving the country in a few months.

Apart from the wheelchairs, the charities also came in the form of optical lenses and water treatment using solar power for urban areas which do not have adequate clean water supply.