West Calaveras Rotary Club

In October West Calaveras Rotarian Bill Magladry joined 9 Rotarians and 6 others on a trip to Portoviejo, Ecuador to provide and custom-fitt 184 wheelchairs, to children and young adults with mobility impairments.  Many of those receiving wheelchairs suffered from medical issues including spina bifida, scoliosis, hydrocephalus, and cerebral palsy.  The wheelchairs were manufactured by Hope Haven International, which has manufacturing facilities in Iowa and Guatemala.  They are then assembled by Hope Haven West in Modesto, which was started by Lonny Davis, who was the leader of this trip.  This was the 5th such trip this year by Hope Haven West, with the support of volunteer Rotarians from District 5220, covering the central valley of California.