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Emma and her family raise money for Just Wheels emergency fund

Emma Burtles, founder and Manager of Just Wheels, and her family are undertaking the 26 challenge to raise money for Just Wheels.  Although things are difficult here, they realised it was nothing compared to the hardship that many disabled people face in Tanzania.  Emma, her husband Dave and one son ran 26 miles over the course of last week.  Two other sons walked 26 miles and Alfie, who has Cerebral Palsy used his adapted bike to cover 2.6 miles over the week.

They have raised £2800 in total meaning that Just Wheels emergency fund will be receiving £1400.

Corra Foundation support Emergency Fund

Thanks to the Corra Foundation for a donation of £500 towards our emergency fund.  This is buying food, soap and PPE for disabled people and their families in Tabaor.

Emergency Fund

Just Wheels has launched an emergency fund to support disabled people, and their families, through the Covid 19 pandemic.  Disabled people are already t the bottom of the heap facing poverty, poor health and hardship, in many cases.  Covid 19 is affecting disabled people badly.

Just Wheels set up an emergency fund to raise money to buy food, speak and PPE for the 60 people that we have provided wheelchairs to over the last 2 years.  We want these people to be safe and get through this very difficult time so we are giving out information and support which is badly lacking in Tanzania.  By the 16th May we have raised @1900 for the emergency fund.  If you are able to help in this vital work please make a donation.  Every penny will be going to help destitute people in Tanzania.

Thanks you.

This is difficult and worrying times for us all.  The Corona virus is spreading across the world and affecting us all.  Currently there are only 12 confirmed cases in Tanzania but the real number is inevitably much higher.  With many people living in poverty with health issues, and families living in small spaces, the virus could have a devastating impact in the country. With the vast majority of disabled people living in poverty, this is particularly true for the people that Just Wheels supports and works with. 

Just Wheels UK is working with our. Tanzanian staff to see how we can support disabled people through this crisis.  We are also looking ahead to ensure we are in a good position to hit the ground running when the crisis is over.  

If you are able to help our work with a donation please do – every penny will go to wards supporting disabled people in Tanzania.  

Just Wheels Tanzania Chair and staff visiting UK in March and April this year

Just Wheels Tanzania Chair and staff visiting UK in March and April this year

We are thrilled to welcome Father Andrew Mlele, Chair of Just Wheels Tanzania, Francis Itoma, Just wheels Manager and Physiotherapist and Edwin Kalukwella, Wheelcahair Technician. We have a hectic programme planned for them which involves them visiting various wheelchair centres and rehabilitation centres, doing talks in schools, community group and churches, meeting lots of people and, hopefully, having a lot of fun!

Key events during this time are:

Friday 20th March evening – social event in Edinburgh.  All welcome.
Friday 3rd April evening – social event in Aberfeldy.  All welcome.
Events in London also – dates to be confirmed.

Get in touch with emma@justwheels.org.uk for more information.

Just Wheels Run Festival aims to run the world.

A group of enthusiastic runners are going to run various marathons, half marathons and 10km races throughout this year to raise money for wheelchairs for people in Tabora, Tanzania.  Please do join us if you are able and willing to run (or walk or cycle) and raise cash for us.

More information soon.

In the meantime please contact Emma on emma@justhweels.org.uk if you are interested and would like to be kept informed.

More good fundraising news

The Rotary club of Edinburgh donated £2400 for wheelchairs and support for more disabled people in Tabora Tanzania.

The Tanzanian government estimate there are 10,000 people in Tabora region needing a wheelchair or mobility device… only another 9,960 to go!

Emma’s visit to Tanzania

The founder of Just Wheels, Emma Burtles, visited Tanzania this autumn and found it totally amazing working with Francis Itoma and Edwin Kalukwella and meeting some of the 28 people who have received wheelchairs from Just Wheels and those desperately needing a wheelchair. Hoping to raise funds for a further 9 wheelchairs by the end of 2019. Can you help?