Trujillo Peru (November 2007), Part of Wheels for the World trip
TRUJILLO—November 6, 2007, Nancy, a Physical Therapist with His Wheels International, and a Joni and Friends, Wheels for the World team member presented the trike to Corazones Unidos, a Peruvian organization at the Opening Ceremony in Trujillo, Peru. The event aired on national TV in Peru, and many had the opportunity to try the trike. This gave them an idea of what the trike is and what it does for someone with a lower body disability or paraplegia. One mechanic by the name of Ricardo, rode the trike left and right shouting “Esta Bien”.
As November 2, 2007 quickly approached, Nancy, our trike Physical therapist, HWI board member and Joni & Friends volunteer received the “green light to GO,” with, our fourth hand pedaled trike, on the 2007 JNF, WFTW/Trujillo Peru wheelchair distribution team. This venture would assist HWI on our road of research, development and international discoveries.
HWI’s fourth trike prototype left the U.S. in 2 boxes as checked luggage. The trike made it to Trujillo safe and sound… Nancy reports, “got stopped in customs, where they opened the large box and asked many questions. The letters, especially the Spanish one from Elizabeth, really helped…but I think the prayers of the rest of the team made the final difference.
No additional fees were place on the boxes, so it arrived on $150.00US!
In Trujillo, it was loaded on the roof of a van and I just had a little time this afternoon to attach the front wheel. It will go to the distribution site (CMA church) with us tomorrow and will be assembled.”
While in Peru on Tuesday, November 6th Nancy gave a speech about the trike and presented it to the Peruvian organization Corazones Unidos, during the opening ceremony for the WFTW outreach in Trujillo, which was aired on national TV in Peru.
“Various Peruvian and American team members had fun trying the three-wheeler.” Nancy went on to say. During the week, mechanics, carpenters, physical therapists, welders, the disabled and government officials gave input about the trike. Nancy enjoyed watching “Ricardo, a Peruvian mechanic who is disabled, transfer with ease and pedal around exclaiming, ‘Esta bien!’”