Goodwill Wheel-A-Thon Celebrates 28th Anniversary of Promoting Disability Awareness

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Looking for a hands-on opportunity to promote disability awareness? Marion Goodwill’s 28th Annual Wheel-A-Thon is Saturday, May 19 at the Tri-Rivers Career Center located at 2222 Marion-Mt. Gilead Road. For 28 years now, the event has welcomed all members of the community to show their support for Goodwill and their mission to assist individuals with disabilities and other barriers find employment. The Wheel-A-Thon features a wheelchair relay race, 50/50 raffle, auction of donated items from notable community patrons, and spaghetti dinner from the Warehouse.

Events for the Wheel-A-Thon kick off at 9:30 a.m. with team registration. The wheelchair races begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue until one team is declared the big winner. The wheelchair race is a fun learning experience as three-person teams from various businesses, organizations, and schools discover how difficult it is to maneuver a wheelchair and make it move the way you want.

Throughout the event, racers and spectators can enjoy the auction and 50/50 raffle, both additional fundraisers for Goodwill. The grand finale will be the auction featuring items donated from local businesses. This year promises to deliver some intense bidding as there will be a small appliance package from Whirlpool, ladies diamond earrings from Carroll’s Jewelers, a 3-night trip to Savannah, Georgia provided by I Heart Media – Marion, an OSU quilt from Stitch ‘n Fix, and gift certificates from local restaurants and much more!

The spaghetti dinner sponsored by The Warehouse will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Wheelchair owners will want to take advantage of the Wheelchair Round-Up offered by Marion Area Physical Therapy, who will once again be providing their services from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The Wheelchair Round-Up features a mobility station to make minor repairs and consultations to wheelchairs, free of charge. Each chair will receive a “tune-up”, which includes a power wash, complete inspection, and repairs.

Goodwill will also be accepting wheelchair donations on behalf of Wheels for the World, an internationally recognized organization, which collects and distributes wheelchairs to disabled individuals in need. If you would like to donate a gently used wheelchair, you can bring them to the Wheel-A-Thon or to a Goodwill store near you.

For additional information about the event, including how you or your business can form a team for the races, sponsor a team, or donate an auction item, contact Kathy Wink at (740) 223-3114. Again, the event is open to the public, no RSVP necessary for spectators.

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It’s Wheel-A-Thon Time!

It’s a relay race around the track and the spectators are cheering fervently for their racing friends.  The racers are red-faced as their gloved hands pump the wheels furiously.  The crowd laughs as several racers learn that driving a wheelchair is harder than it looks, going straight when you want to turn, or backwards when you want to go forward.  The leader boards change and the excitement builds on the road to the final four.

Who will win this year?  Hopefully your team!!!  But the definite winners will be the men and women of the Delaware County area who benefit from the services of Goodwill Industries.

We invite you to join us on Saturday, August 18th for our 8th annual fund-raiser as a participant or spectator.  The Wheel-A-Thon helps you learn first-hand about the challenges and barriers people with disabilities face on a daily basis. 

Goodwill Industries is a non-profit organization that has served the “heart of Ohio” for over thirty years.  Our traditional role is to assist physically and economically disadvantaged individuals seeking employment by providing them with job skills, training, and experience.  It is an established practice of autonomous Goodwill agencies internationally to adapt to meet the needs of each local community; therefore, our current services include programs such as Job Development/Job Placement, Wheels-To-Work, Emergency Clothing, and the Housing Program. Proceeds from this annual event will support our programs and services.

Goodwill Industries – Serving Delaware, Marion, Union, Crawford, and Morrow Counties

8th Annual Wheel-A-Thon

1135 Columbus Pike-Rt. 23

(Delaware Square Shopping Center)

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Sign-up starting at 9:30 a.m.

Races Start at 10:00 a.m.

Raffle! 50/50! Auction! – Check out our auction items at: www.mariongoodwill.orgImage

 

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