News

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 4th 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?

New disability sports centre in Tabora

This is the sport field where our new disability sport club will take place for any wheelchair users along with the children from the school for deaf children next door and residents from the Mother Teresa centre for the destitute over the wall. Training for our volunteers provided by YES Tanzania. With a wee bit of improvement of the grounds and some new nets it will be good to go. This is a first and very exciting!

Just wheels awarded grant from the Scottish Government

Great news – Just wheels have been awarded a grant from the Scottish Government.  The £9600 grant is for ‘capacity building’ which will enable us to grow as an organisation, particularly in Tanzania.  We are keen to ensure Just Wheels is strong and fit for purpose and we hope to achieve this in the next year.

We have also applied for a grant from the UK Government Department for International Development.  These are very competitive so we are not holding our breath!

Health Projects Abroad reunion 21st/22nd September 2019

Just Wheels is going to be part of a fundraising/ reunion weekend later in the year.  Health Projects Abroad was a UK based charity that worked in Tabaora in Tanzania supporting health infrastructure development using UK based volunteers.

The founder of Just Wheels, Emma Burtles, worked for HPA in the mid nineties in Tabora and it is during this time that she got to know Edwin Kalukwella, a wheelchair technician from Tabora.  Roll on 20 years and we now have Just Wheels, working with Edwin to make wheelchairs and provide support to people with physical disabilities in Tabora.

Emma, and 2 other ex HPA staff, Michila Critchley and Rachel Thompson, are organising the HPA reunion which will be in the beautiful Peak District (near Thornbridge, Derbyshire) on 21st/22nd September 2019.  We hope the reunion will raise some much needed funds for Just Wheels and for wheelchairs.  More information to follow but please contact emma@justwheels.org.uk if you are interested.  If you could give some indication of numbers and names that would be helpful.