Crutches and Canes for Africa

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Crutches and Canes for Africa

October 19, 2011 Updated Oct 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (The Northland's NewsCenter) --- College of St. Scholastica Rotaract Club students are collecting crutches and cranes for those with disabilities in Africa.

From October 15 to November 15, you can donate your used crutches or canes by dropping them off at the collection barrels located in Super One Stores by Lakeside, Kenwood, Miller Hill, and West Duluth, UMD Kirby Student Lounge, CSS Somers Hall Front Desk, and Pamida in Two Harbors.

If you need a pick-up, please call 218-409-6256.

Items in disrepair are also accepted, as working components can be utilized to repair other donated mobility devices. Your donation will be shipped and distributed free-of-charge to people who needs them in West Africa.

Crutches and canes exist in such abundance in developed countries that they are frequently considered a nuisance when no longer needed. They are often thrown away to pollute a landfill.

However, millions of people in Africa who lost their lower extremities due to disease like polio, have no mobility simply because they have no access to crutches, canes or any other waling assistance device.

Students from The College of St. Scholastica Rotaract Club, partnered with the non-profit organization Crutches 4 Africa, made the connection: let’s collect here, distribute there.

The College of St. Scholastica Rotaract Club is a student service organization that is a part of Rotary Club of Duluth and Rotary International.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns