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Clarke Student Physical Therapists Seek Donations for Wheels for the World

By Clarke News  |  October 17, 2019

The Clarke University Organization of Student Physical Therapists (COSPT) is again seeking donations of used or broken wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes, or other assistive devices.

COSPT will collect assistive devices from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 2, at the main lobby of the Center for Science Inquiry (CSI) on the Clarke campus. If unable to donate that day, please call (563)588-6382 to make arrangements to drop items off in the Physical Therapy office in the main lobby of Catherine Byrne Hall.

The items will be donated to Wheels for the World, a non-profit organization that refurbishes the devices and sends them to countries without access to such devices. Wheels for the World collects the items that are refurbished by inmates at a correctional facility in Kansas. The wheelchairs are then shipped worldwide where teams of physical or occupational therapists, wheelchair mechanics, and others assist with distribution. The gift of a wheelchair or other assistive device can transform the life of a person with a disability.

Clarke’s physical therapy students have made it their mission to collect as many unwanted or broken assistive items as possible. Wheels for the World offers an alternative option to a landfill for those looking to dispose of unwanted or broken items while still making a positive impact on the lives of those less fortunate.

Chair and Professor of Physical Therapy Bill O’Dell said, “Clarke’s Physical Therapy department has been involved in this charity for more than 13 years, and it has always been a great success. Our best year, we donated 530 wheelchairs in addition to walkers and crutches. These assistive devices have gone to many far-reaching areas including Central America, Africa, and Haiti.”

For more information, please call COSPT at (563)588-6382.