WHEELCHAIR EXPRESS FOUNDATION
World Wheelchair Express is a Canadian foundation that supports disabled wheelchair athletes in developing countries. WWEF is on a mission to provide disabled persons with the opportunity to participate in organized local, national and international sport. We will provide wheelchair sports equipment, information, coaching and will assist in development of infrastructure to create effective sustainable sports programs.
Need / Benefit
Disabled people around the world face challenges and obstacles in virtually every facet of their existence. Dealing with disability in a developing country increases the impact of these challenges.
Sports can be a powerful vehicle for bringing about positive change in the lives of people with disabilities. Sport related activities promote physical and emotional wellbeing. It is effective in developing confidence, mutual respect and unity of purpose, which can bring positive change in people’s lives and in the world around them.
Participation in sport can improve a person's strength, mobility and endurance while fostering self reliance and encouraging positive social interaction between all members of a society. Further, this interaction empowers people with disabilities to become advocates for themselves and their rights.
When ability and commonality replace disability and difference, individuals and communities reach their maximum potential. Sport is a universal language that reaches across physical, social and political barriers.
To provide the opportunity for disabled individuals in developing countries to participate in sport. To provide equipment, information, coaching and assist in developing infrastructure for an effective National Disabled Sports Federation.
April - The wheelchair racing program continues to roll along well. It is centered in a suburb of Manila, Quezon City. WWEF hosted a wheelchair racing clinic and provided two additional racing chairs and welding equipment to the program. The expansion of the program is encouraging and the welding equipment will allow the athletes to repair their own equipment and avoid the cost and inconvenience of out sourcing repairs and minor modifications. We have implemented a roller program which will allow the most committed athletes to train indoors during the rainy season and when training outdoors is impractical or dangerous.
Athletes meet and train together each week at a park in Novaliches. Training programs are provided to Harold Lilagan, our most experienced athlete. These are shared with the group; different programs are implemented with individual athletes depending on abilities and goals. Athletes attend several local races each season, those performing at an elite level have the opportunity to participate in the largest WC Marathons in the world, the Oita Marathon held each fall on the southern Japanese Island of Kyushu. Thanks to the support of the Oita organizing committee, Filipino athletes have attended this prestigious event for the last three years. The excellent results speak to the effectiveness of the program. We look forward to further expansion of the racing program and are considering support for a new wheelchair basketball program in the Province of Cavite.
November – Athletics – Two athletes attended the Oita Marathon both performing well. Jerrold Mangliwan claimed 2nd place in the half marathon T52 division with a world class time. With another year or two of development we expect Jerrold to run with the very best in the world in both track and road events. This success has energised the athletics program. In the November clinic we met with several athletes that have made significant training commitments. We have engaged a coach and will instruct him in training programs and athlete development.
November - Basketball – We ran a comprehensive multi day basket ball clinic, including a large contingent of athletes and seminars for classifiers and referees. Toufic organized a tournament in Kuwait and was able to include the Filipino Team. The organizing committee paid all the expenses and made this exceptional experience a reality. The basketball team has a new coach and commitment. These are very exciting times at Philspada, the National Disable Sports Org. we look forward to greater collaboration and support in the future.
April 2012 - WWEF partnered with the Lao Disabled People's Association to complete our first Wheelchair Basketball project. The initial phase was a three day clinic and competition in the capital city of Vientiane. With guidance from Wheelchair Basketball Canada we were able to engage Toufic Allouche of Lebanon an International fixture in wheelchair basket. His significant experience was a great asset in running the clinics and organizing the final competition.
The tournament was supported by the Australian Sports Outreach Program and held at the National Rehabilitation Centre. The event was well received by the associated community and covered by local media; a positive step towards elevating the profile of wheelchair sport and improving awareness in the general population.
A total of eight sport wheelchairs have been provided by WWEF for this program as well as specific detailed plans for future expansion of wheelchair basketball across Laos with the eventual goal – establishment of a sustainable national league.
November 2012 – WWEF provides financial support for the purchase of 4 new wheelchair basketball chairs and returns to Laos for a follow-up clinic. The chairs where purchased through Motivation, an international charity supporting people with mobility disabilities - http://www.motivation.org.uk/ We look forward to further partnership with Motivation in future projects.
Toufic Allouche was again responsible for running the clinic and working with coaching prospects, very important for the progress of this program. We encourage the continued recruitment of players and expansion of WC basket ball to other locations in Laos. We hope to link the Laos program with other wheelchair basketball programs in the region. A plan is in the works to host an International WC Basket ball clinic and tournament to include regional participants (Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand). Expect this to lead to regular interaction between the basket ball programs in these countries. We will continue to support this project and have committed to return soon.
In 2008 members of World Wheelchair Express Foundation (WWEF) visited Cambodia. It was very apparent that we could assist the disabled community in sport endeavours; during this visit a plan was developed to support and unite disabled sport organizations in the area. Our recent visit included stops in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. We have been well received by Paralympic Associations in these countries and anticipate further co-operation improving the access to and calibre of wheelchair sport. Our main focus will be the sport of wheelchair racing.
The plan is to link programs in the region with the very powerful, experienced and successful Thai racing establishment. WWEF will provide wheelchair racing equipment, information, coaching and will assist in further development of national WC racing federations. This project requires the coordinated efforts of key individuals within the Asian sport community, as well as support from the private & corporate sectors.
With your support disabled persons in Asia can begin to live their dreams. Please contact us at: email@example.com for further information or to make a donation to the Asia Project.
The Philippine Wheelchair Sports Project
has committed to provide wheelchair racing clinics in the
2008, WWEF came back to the
very pleased with the success to date.
There still is much work to do. Our
plan is to return to the Philippines in the spring of 2009 to host
another sports clinic, provide a coaching clinic and further
partnerships with government sports agencies, local clubs and municipalities.
We are making efforts to integrate wheelchair racing athletes into able-bodied
racing events in Manila.
All of our efforts hinge on our ability to provide equipment for these athletes. We require race chairs, sport chairs, daychairs & handcycles to donate to these athletes. PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ONTO ANYONE YOU KNOW THAT MAY BE ABLE TO HELP AND CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE EQUIPMENT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE. CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS : firstname.lastname@example.org
WWEF will assist in the hosting of several races each year. The 1st race has been a great success. In July of 2008 in Batangas some 30 wheelchair athletes contested the 10K distance in race chairs as well as sort and day chairs. Two or three more races throughout the year in varied locations are planned. Smaller scale competition between individual athletes and communities any time is encouraged. The culmination each year will be attendance at the Philippines Wheelchair National 10K Championships, tentatively scheduled for late 2009 in Manila. A National male and female champion will be crowned.WWEF is pursuing a joint venture program to be called The Rotary Challenge. It is our hope that each Rotary chapter in the Philippines will support this program.
The registration fee, for each of the Rotary Chapters in the program funds: administration, record keeping for races, clinics & promotion of the program. All funds for administration of the Program by WWEF will be handled by a local director who is a Rotary member, and all accounting will be handled by an independent firm. Any excess funds in the WWEF administration account will be returned to the Clubs on a pro rata basis at the end of each year.
The balance of funds will go toward the purchase of racing wheelchairs manufactured in the Philippines, based on a prototype copy of a high tech sports racing chair made in North America. The new race chairs will be manufactured by the renowned “Tahanang Walang Hagdanan” (http://www.tahanangwalanghagdanan.org), and will be available to all Philippine athletes. Each race chair with cost 20,000P and can be purchased directly from Tahanang Walang Hagdanan as funds are raised. The target is two racing chairs in the first year for each club.
Each club is asked to choose disabled potential competitors from its district, transport and support training of athletes as needed, and be responsible for the equipment.
As athletes emerge that show the ability, commitment and sufficient progress to compete as elite athletes; they will be provided with a contemporary North American race chair.
It is our goal to work with Rotary and other groups to define those athletes that are committed to a life changing experience and a desire to compete in international events. With our experience, training, and appropriate equipment, we believe that this program can produce some of the world’s best disabled athletes.
Courtesy call to Mayor Abraham Tolentino Mayor of Tagaytay City
Jan. 18th 9:00am Opening
9:00am Sports clinic
Officers and Board of Directors
President: Socorro Jabor - Bilateral leg amputee left below the knee, right above the knee, President also of the Federation of the Disabled in Cavite Province, and the Association of the Persons With Disabilities of Tagaytay City. Sport Pursuits: Wheelchair racing, Javelin Throw, Shot put, Discus Throw, Archery.
Vice President: Jing Caringal - Quadriplegic, Vice President of the Federation of the Disabled in Cavite Province and the Association of the Persons With Disabilities of Tagaytay City. Sport Pursuits: Wheelchair racing.
Secretary: Rico Arubio - Amputee left leg below the knee, Staff in the Municipality of Magallanes, Cavite. Sport Pursuits: Basketball, track & field.
Treasurer: Noel Bronce – Paraplegic – Sport Pursuits: Basketball, track & field.
Asst. Treasurer: David Gonzaga – Paraplegic - City Treasurer Municipality of Dasmarinas, Cavite.
Auditor: Jerwin Hilok - Bilateral left arm amputee – Sport Pursuits: Wheelchair racing, Javelin Throw, Discuss Throw, Shot put
P.R.O. : Freddie Pepito - Post polio
1st District Wilfredo Quezon DSWD
Provincial Office of Cavite
Board of Directors
1. Mr. John Herrera
Mission of the Philippine Paralympic Sports & Development, Inc.
1. To provide the disabled a proper and organized venue for their skills and talents in sports and recreation activities with a view to enhancing their physical and mental development.
2. To initiate and organize sociocultural projects and activities which will awaken community consciousness and belonging.
3. To promote, enhance and foster the development and improvement of the quality of the life of the disabled through sports, livelihood projects and other economic activities.
4. To discover, train and develop the disabled and make them proficient, productive and help them in their integration into normal society.
5. To educate the public on the potentials of the handicapped and encourage the able to participate in the work of the organization as leaders or volunteer aides.
6. To promote the spirit of sportsmanship, foster closer fellowship and understanding among the handicapped and relate themselves easily with the abled person.
7. To contribute greatly to the general health, welfare and economy of our country.
8. To alleviate and improve the plight of the Filipino handicapped and the rehabilitation will progress.
9. To be always represented internationally by our contingents will foster better understanding and promote closer ties and goodwill with other nations and improve thus the image of our country.
10. To have international exchange of ideas will broaden our horizon and outlook in life and contribute to a better citizenship.