PRweb News April 9, 2013
Wheels of Mercy is grateful to Civic Duty and its co-founders Julian Omidi and Michael Omidi, M.D. for their support. The organization collects and refurbishes wheelchairs for the thousands of people in need of mobility and the opportunity for a more active lifestyle.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 9, 2013
Wheels of Mercy thanks the Omidi brothers and their charity Civic Duty for their support. Wheels of Mercy provides mobility devices for people in need both in the United States and overseas.
“We are on a mission to gather the tens of millions of wheelchairs that do nothing but collect dust in garages and basements across the country, and use them to transform lives around the world,” says Wheels of Mercy founder Charles Monson III. “I would like to personally thank Dr. Michael Omidi and his brother Julian Omidi for their support. I hope that together we can give people the tools they need to lead active and fulfilling lives.”
Wheels of Mercy (http://www.wheelsofmercy.org) was founded by Charles Monson III in 2003, after he discovered that many patients that he was helping evaluate for new wheelchairs had several older wheelchairs that they did not use. Monson collected these chairs and began refurbishing and redistributing them. Because an improperly constructed wheelchair can actually harm the user by distorting his or her spine or facilitating sores, each chair is specially constructed to suit the body of whoever needs it. In the first two years, Monson gave away more than three dozen chairs.
In 2011, Wheels of Mercy began working with Pastor Dusu Emmanuel with the goal of providing wheelchairs to 100 Ghanan villagers. Together, they hope to raise funds to provide wheelchairs and special training to the members of the community to create a sustainable wheelchair service, and fly wheelchair technicians to the region to customize the chairs for the recipients.
Civic Duty (http://www.civicduty.org) is dedicated to mankind’s search for meaning and promotes the values of its founders, philanthropists Julian Omidi and his brother Michael Omidi, MD. The charity’s mission is to inspire creative outreach, community service, and volunteerism through the stories of every-day people who are making an extraordinary difference in the world. Emulation of the great humanitarians of our world is a fervent desire of the founders. People such as Mahatma Gandhi who said, “Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow men.” Those interested in pursuing this type of greatness and impact, are invited to send a message using the website’s Contact Us function. More information about Civic Duty can be found on http://www.facebook.com/pages/Civic-Duty/231915443605051?fref=ts as well as Pinterest, Google+ and Twitter.