Rotary need you to help give landmine victims a helping hand
FRASER Coast businesses, organisations and other interested people are being invited to lend a hand to help landmine victims gain the use of prosthetic hands.
Rotary Club of Maryborough Sunrise president Glenda Pitman said each month, about 20,000 people including children were injured in landmine accidents.
"In more than 60 countries across the world, there are more than 300,000 live landmines still in the ground," she said.
"A wonderful program has been established in Rotary District 9570 to allow Australians to come together to learn a little of the challenges faced by people with arm limb injuries while building a simple mechanical prosthetic hand to donate to a victim.
"Generally, a simple prosthetic limb on the sub-continent costs more than AUD $3000.
"Here in Australia, a complex digitized prosthetic can cost over $70,000.
"The Helping Hands Program provides opportunities for groups of two or three people to come together to build a hand for donation for the low cost of $400 per hand.
"Participants also decorate the case that the hand is delivered in and have their photo and a message included.
When hands are distributed, the recipient's photo is taken and sent to the hand makers.
"Can you donate $400 to $4000 and a few hours of your time to change the life of a landmine victim?
"Hand kits are must be pre-purchased in lots of 10.
"The more sponsors we can find, the more hands we can deliver.
"The Rotary Clubs in Maryborough will arrange for a minimum of two kits to be available for purchase.
"This is a wonderful team building exercise and all donations are acknowledged."
Contact Maria on (ah) 4121 6421 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Robyn on (ah) 4121 5001 if you would like further information or to reserve hands.