Six years ago K of C Fraser Valley Council 2552 was asked by then assistant pastor Fr. James Kairu at St. Joseph’s Parish in Langley, BC., to participate in a fundraiser to provide wheelchairs for the disabled in Kenya. With the help of fundraising, private donations and support from the BC and Yukon State Council, enough money was raised to pay for a container load of 280 wheelchairs which was shipped to Mombasa, Kenya in July of 2019.
In August 2019, 2 members from Council 2552 traveled to Eldoret, Kenya to receive and distribute some of the wheelchairs at the celebration of Fr. James’ 25th anniversary of ordination. Over 2000 participants attended that celebration and witnessed the distribution of wheelchairs gifted to the local Archbishop.
A huge thank you to the members of Council 2552 for coordinating this initial project; to all those involved in procuring, ordering, shipping, and especially Fr. James, for negotiating with local authorities the release of the shipment following a large bureaucratic issue.
submitted by ~ Bernard Hetzler PGK; Council 2552