Gift of Mobility

Gautam Manjhre has lived without a leg “ever since I was born.” He was born with a physical deformity. But now he has “no words to thank Rotary for giving me this uphaar (gift) of the prosthetic limb. My life will change now.” RC Pune ­Magarpatta City, along with Rotary Clubs Khadki, Pune ­Kalyani Nagar ­and Pune ­Lokmanyanagar of D 3131, RC Lexington, D 7620, ­Maryland, RC Denver, D 5450, ­Colorado and TRF, have raised $53,488 to provide 372 amputees with below-the-knee modular prosthesis, under the project ‘Gift of Mobility’.

PRIP Gary C K Huang acknowledges a beneficiary. Also present are (from R) DG Abhay Gadgil, PDG Deepak Shikarpur and (extreme L) PDG Deepak Purohit.
PRIP Gary C K Huang acknowledges a beneficiary. Also present are (from R) DG Abhay Gadgil, PDG Deepak Shikarpur and (extreme L)
PDG Deepak Purohit.

RC Pune Magarpatta City started this as their club project a year ago. Hemang Kulkarni, the project’s ­primary contact, says, “We first started with an online campaign that highlighted the root cause for ­amputation and how it can be ­prevented. Today the campaign has reached 1,00,000 people.” In 2016, the club sponsored LN4 prosthetic hands to 23 amputees, and applied for a global grant to reach out to more physically-challenged people.

The project was inaugurated in August by PRIP and TRF ­Trustee Gary Huang in the presence of DG Abhay Gadgil, DRFC Deepak ­Shikarpur and Suryakant Choudhari, President of RC Pune Magarpatta City.

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