Jan 15, 2013
Feb 07, 2013
Craig Gillis Campbell River Daybreak Rotary
Our second day began with our first home deliveries. These recipients are often house bound and were identified by our host club, Cucuta III. The first wheelchair was received by a elderly man who was confined to a kitchen chair in a small living space. He was visibly excited and thanked us all numerous times. The second home housed a blind lady who once in her wheelchair refused to go back inside because she was enjoying the sun so much. She and her husband were obviously dressed in their best and so happy to receive this gift of mobility. We then moved to a walking tour of Los Patios. As we walked from home to home the crowd grew...children and adults alike wanted to watch the wheelchair deliveries. The first went to a man with one leg and the next to a man who was bedridden, attached to an oxygen tank. It is so emotionally gratifying to see a man who has been confined to his bed, mobile again. The families again thanked us profusely and there was much applause mixed with beaming smiles. Our next presentation was in the public square of Los Patios. We presented about 15 wheelchairs. Four went to children, the rest to adults. This is where we met Patricia. What zest for life. She let out an excited yelp, spun around in her new possession, and then set out to kiss vey one in sight. We think the translation for her words might have been, "Let's dance!". The other memorable anecdote came from the conversation that our amazing guide / translator, Oliver ZIhlmann and Ron Fisher had with the father of a brain injured daughter who was frustrated that he couldn't get a clear medical diagnosis. Since that time through Rotary connections, one has been arranged through the Dr. Pablo Puky Clinic in San Cristobel, Venezuela. This is a clinic open to the most vulnerable families of Venezuela and Colombia who lack the funds that will often be needed for urgent medical attention. The gratitude on the father's face is something we will not forget. Our three countries have been united in their Rotarian assistance. The world of service works in amazing ways! Tired but so gratified our team is now starting to define roles and work so smoothly together. The bonding and the pride are both evident.