Champlain Students Help Local Business Collect Crutches for Africa

A Champlain College service learning team will be collecting "Crutches 4 Africa" as part of a class assignment. The students helped organize and promote the charity drive designed to collect mobility devices such as crutches, canes, wheelchairs and walkers for distribution in Africa.

On Sunday, Dec. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. items can be dropped off at the Edible Arrangements store on Dorset Street (next to Barnes & Noble). Donors will receive a box of dipped fruit as a thank-you from Edible Arrangements and its owner, Alison Estey, who also teaches at Champlain College.

The Champlain Business students are working with Estey and her business as a part of the College's service leaning program and using their business skills to organize, promote and run the event to raise awareness in the community.

Crutches 4 Africa was founded by David Talbot, a polio survivor himself who encountered African community members terribly afflicted by similar disabilities, organizers say. Talbot realized that many people in the United States had crutches or other devices that were lightly used and could be recycled for re-use. His initial goal is to collect one million mobility devices and distribute them to those in need in Africa.

To date, thousands of crutches, canes, walkers and wheelchairs have been distributed to Africans in need. The project is gaining momentum throughout North America with collection sites spreading awareness. Operating through its website and collection locations, Crutches 4 Africa aims to distribute as many devices as inexpensively as possible.

For more information:
Contact: Jonathan Weed, (585) 301-8246

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