The sun was shining brightly on the morning of February 4, Monday, during the turnover ceremony of 3 Intermediate Wheelchairs in the City Hall of Cagayan de Oro City. Two children with cerebral palsy and one with muscular disorder were the recipients of these special wheelchairs donated by the Latter-day Saints Charities.
The Honorable City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano accepted the Intermediate wheelchairs in behalf of the recipients. City Councilor Nadia Emano-Elipe was also present together with Mr. Rey Yap of the City Hospital; Dr. Maximo Saavedra Jr., Stake President of the Cagayan de Oro Philippines Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and representative of the LDS Charities; and Maria Christina Concepcion, Multistake Public Affairs Director of the LDS Church in Cagayan de Oro City.
The wheelchairs, also called Intermediate Wheelchairs, are specially designed for children with cerebral palsy and other muscular disorders. They are custom-built to perfectly fit the users based on their individual measurements.
Mr. Rey Yap, a registered nurse connected with the City Hospital, is the point person for the intermediate wheelchairs. He was invited by the LDS Charities to attend the two-week training in Cavite last year on how to properly take measurements for the customized wheelchairs.
The Latter-day Saint Charities, also known as LDS Charities, through Dr. Maximo Saavedra Jr., is now in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Cagayan de Oro City with the aim of giving parents of children with special disability, specifically cerebral palsy and other muscular disorders, access to these intermediate wheelchairs.
In his remarks following the turn-over, Mayor Emano expressed gratitude to the LDS Charities for taking the initiative to help those with special needs. He said the world is indeed a better place because of people and organizations that care enough to make a difference in this world by helping out those who are sick and needy.
Mayor Emano assured the parents of the children not to hesitate to approach him and the City Hall if they need assistance; he said he will try his best to extend help.
Here’s a link for another article on the Intermediate Wheelchair Turnover from the Cagayan de Oro City Information Office: