Gordon Hudson, a Rotarian with 56 years' service, provided a presentation on Rotary Scarborough's "Wheelchairs for Kids" project. Gordon has been the CEO and driving force since its foundation in 1996. The principal aim is to provide custom made wheelchairs to poor, disabled, needy children in developing countries. Most are built for rough terrain. Gordon provided some amazing statistics - over 51,000 wheelchairs distributed so far; currently building 350 per month; distribution to 82 countries; a workforce of 240 mature age non-Rotarian volunteers working at the Wangara factory; 800 volunteers Australia-wide overall, with many working from home across Australia making knee rugs and soft toys. All workers are volunteers. Each chair costs approx. $250 to build, so fund raising is of major importance. Many companies provide goods and services at greatly reduced costs or free. An average of $80,000 is required per month to maintain current production. Funding is obtained from the State Government, 400 schools, businesses, 200 Rotary and other clubs, church and local groups, retirement villages and individuals. "Wheelathons" are a popular source of revenue through schools. A new factory was opened last year courtesy of a private loan of $2m. More recently a cash donation was received from a private benefactor in Catherine NT which enabled 95% of the loan to be paid off. One of the great Rotary projects!