Saturday, November 6, 2010
Deseret International Charities Donates 500 Wheelchairs to the People of Mongolia
On October 20th we held a major wheelchair ceremony at the Children's Palace in Ulaanbaatar. We are partnering with the Ulaanbaatar Red Cross who is helping DIC distribute wheelchairs. At the ceremony, DIC officially transferred 300 wheelchairs of the 500 wheelchairs DIC is donating this year to the Red Cross for distribution and DIC will distribute the remaining 200 wheelchairs.
The ceremony was first class and included excellent Mongolian entertainment, remarks by Red Cross and DIC officials, recognition of Church leaders, and presentation of wheelchairs to 28 disabled people.
Red Cross presented special medals of recognition to Kathy and William Clark, who preceded us as Country Directors for DIC, for their cooperation and humanitarian work over the years.
Some of the disabled people couldn’t attend the ceremony in person because it was impractical to transport them, so their wheelchairs were presented to a family member or Red Cross representative who will deliver the wheelchairs to them. A couple of people borrowed wheelchairs to come to the ceremonies and went home in their own wheelchairs. They were delighted.
The ceremony was covered by two TV stations and was on the evening and morning news.