Global Wheelchair Mission
The Knights of Columbus and The Global Wheelchair Mission have teamed up to help bring wheelchairs to those who lack freedom of mobility. The Global Wheelchair Mission purchases wheelchairs in bulk and delivers them by sea containers around the world. They are distributed with the help of numerous non-governmental organizations, Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis Clubs, and now the Knights of Columbus.
In 2003, the Knights of Columbus began participating in the Global Wheelchair Mission and sponsored 2,000 wheelchairs to be distributed in Afghanistan. Since then, Knights in the U.S. and Canada have sponsored the distribution of some 53,000 wheelchairs in Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Oman, Panama, the Philippines, Poland, the United States and Vietnam.
For every donation of $150 received by the Global Wheelchair Mission, it can deliver a brand new wheelchair which would cost over $500 in a medical supply store. They are shipped in containers of 100 to 280 wheelchairs each directly from the factory to the destination countries at no cost to the recipients. Councils, assemblies, and circles are encouraged to promote this program to their membership, inviting personal consideration, as well as implementing this as an ongoing charitable event.