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St Monica’s House visits Wheelchairs for KidsPosted in College Community,Houses on Friday, 16 August, 2019

On Monday 12 August, 10 students from St Monica’s House visited the Wheelchairs for Kids (WFK) factory up in Wangara. WFK started in 1998 and in 2003 St Monica’s House joined the cause and made their first donation.

Upon arriving we were greeted by Brother Ollie and welcomed onto the main factory floor. We were then welcomed by all of the workers. Brother Ollie explained to the staff who we were and where we had come from, gave them a run down of the Wheel-A-Thon held recently and how much we raised this year and the grand total of OVER $60,000 since St Monica’s House started supporting the cause. This was followed by a huge applause! Note: ALL of the employees of WFK were ‘retirees’ all giving their time freely to this cause. AMAZING.

The students then went on a tour through the factory and witnessed first-hand how the wheelchairs were made and by whom they were made. Some actually got the chance to bend out a couple of wheelchair arms.

Beppie showed us what she called the ‘love’ room – where all the blankets and toys made and donate are bundled up ready for deployment with the wheelchairs.

Students took note of the wall of deliveries. It was amazing to see how many wheelchairs were being distributed around the world. And on that note – this is the ONLY charitable organisation in the WORLD that makes wheelchairs for children in need – and it is right here on our doorstep – how AMAZING!

Mr O’Neill took some great footage which we will be using to promote the House Mission next year with a more ‘personal’ touch. Jethro Fry took some amazing shots.

The students represented St Monica’s House and the College with respect and integrity, along with demonstrating a lot of LOVE to Brother Ollie, Beppie and the cause.

Miss Carron Thornton
St Monica’s Head of House

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Photo: St Monica’s students at the Wheelchairs for Kids factory in Wangara, with Brother Ollie and Beppie