We were delighted to receive the following message from Tom Williams who is hoping to take a van full of redundant prosthetic legs to Africa.
We have often received information from people who have, for various reasons, frequently through bereavement, been left with perfectly good, functional and often extremely expensive prosthetic limbs. They approach us hoping that we can pass these prostheses on to people less lucky and it’s heartbreaking to have to tell them that their kind gestures are usually doomed to fail because, for reasons better explained in Tom’s link, this country will not sanction the use of 2nd-hand limbs.
The logistics and legalities of getting these prosthetics to other countries where they could benefit the lives of so many are also huge stumbling blocks, with the scandalous result that thousands of usable limbs are destroyed every year.
It is wonderful to see that Tom and “Legs 4 Africa” are intending to change this and I urge you to visit his Website to see for yourself how their work will change the lives of many.
We wish them the best of luck and success with their venture.
Please don’t hesitate to contact them if you have an unused prosthetic limb. You can be sure it will be put to very good use and will make an enormous difference to the life of somebody living in Africa.
I’m hoping that you can help me reach amputee communities throughout the UK and possibly beyond. Myself and a small group of people are setting up a charity called ‘Legs 4 Africa’ and we have set ourselves an ambitious task of collecting as many redundant prosthetic legs as possible. We’ve currently got 200 in storage and plan to deliver these and possible more to The Gambia in April in a van with 2 volunteers. A documentary is also being made of our project which we hope will raise awareness to the degree of wasted limbs in the UK which will fuel us to make ongoing trips.
We are actively trying to gain ‘Likes’ on our Facebook page from a targeted audience that can sympathise with our activities so I’m curious if you could help us achieve this through sharing our page through yours: www.facebook.com/legs4africa
To give you a better idea of our activities please check out the following article: http://goo.gl/2Q6FvQ
Please let me know if you can help.
Legs 4 Africa
* From the UK to The Gambia in a van full of redundant prosthetic legs. Will you help me reach my fundraising goal? Please visit my fundraising page HERE. *Tags: amputee communities, amputee community, Legs 4 Africa, prosthetic leg, prosthetic limb, prosthetics