Saturday, February 14, 2009

A Journey On Common Ground

Ken Behring and David Behring were in Seattle this week for business and I was able to meet up with them. Ken founded the Wheelchair Foundation and David is the President. Kids Without Borders has partnered with the foundation and Rotary clubs in District 5030 for many years, providing wheelchairs to many countries around the world: Guatemala, Honduras, Fiji, Peru, Ethiopia, Uganda, Viet Nam, ...
Many Rotarians came to an informal gathering with Ken and David for a discussion on partnering in future wheelchair distribution. Through the efforts of Mike and Alex Shimizu (KWB Global Ambassadors), more than 4,000 wheelchairs were distributed in partnership with the Wheelchair Foundation, Rotary, Pro Sports Club (Seattle and Bellevue), and Kids Without Borders.

A few years ago, David joined me in Viet Nam to deliver new wheelchairs. We traveled throughout the country from Hanoi to Saigon to distribute three containers of new wheelchairs. Remarkable achievements have made by the foundation; just before the end of 2008 the Wheelchair Foundation has provided 750,000 worldwide.

Friends: enjoy this short video (via the link below) and the beautiful music that accompanies it. It was produced by my good friend, a very talented professional photographer. Three years ago, he returned to Viet Nam with me on one of my HumaniTours, this time with his teen daughter.

Filed by Son Michael Pham

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