Wheelchair Distribution - Phase 2

Saturday August 24th will go down as a very special day in the history of the Rotary Club of Gros Islet.  The Rotary Club of Gros Islet, along with our Satellite Club in South Saint Lucia, and the Rotary Satellite Club of Saint Lucia Sunset, teamed up with the Lions Clubs of Vieux Fort and Micoud and the Hewanorra Plaines Leo Club to deliver approximately fifty wheelchairs to citizens in need.  The operation was masterminded by President Joel Crocker of Gros Islet Rotary and Lion Marvin Joseph of Lions Vieux Fort.  Together they, well, mainly Marvin with the help of the Lions in the South, ensured that the people on the list to receive chairs, existed, needed the chairs, mapped their location and assigned teams to pickup trucks.  The process was carried out efficiently commencing at the Lions Den in Vieux Fort with the inflating of the tires and sorting into zones.  Teams were all on the road by 10.00am and the last team checked back into the Den by 1.50pm.
The spirit of comradery between the service clubs was outstanding, the work that we accomplished in in a relatively short time was impressive and the joy that we felt at having carried out this project together and transformed the lives of those who received the chairs, was immeasurable.  The Lions treated us to lunch which was way beyond the call of duty but we accepted in the greatest of humility as we understood that the gesture was one of true friendship, very touching and a mark of the greatest accomplishment of the day - establishing bonds of friendship that we know will last and bear even greater fruit.
The vision of Rotary international is - Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.
Lions International Vision : To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service.
This project, phase 1 of which was carried out a month ago, was financed by the Tourism Enhancement Fund of the Saint Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association, and through Rotary's contact with the World Wheelchair Foundation.  Truly this project exemplifies Rotary's Vision.
People, clubs and organizations came together, united in the truest sense of the word, took action, that created lasting change, starting in California, to China and back to Saint Lucia - across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.  
It is without doubt that change within ourselves took place as we took in the combination of despair and courage in those souls that we brought hope and dignity to.  Mobility is something that most of us take for granted until we see first hand, the difference that a wheelchair makes in the lives of those without mobility.
In her wrapping up remarks, President of the Lions Club of Vieux Fort, Ms. Sinovia Moonie said that it was days like this that remind us all, why we join service clubs.  President of Rotary Club of Gros Islet echoed these words and stated that the day had accomplished so much more than executing a joint project, it has forged true bonds of friendship between the members of the respective clubs, bonds that he hoped would endure to the mutual benefit of the clubs and the communities that we serve.
There are so many more wonderful photographs that I am unable tom share with you, my valued readers, due to the fact that they have not been shared with me yet.  I hope that I will be able to find the time to share with you again soon.