The Rotary Club of Crewkerne Songs Of Praise with the Stoke Sub Hamdon Band at the Methodist Church in South Street on Wednesday April 18th, will help raise funds for the 500 Mile charity. Doors open at 7 pm, admission is free but donations will be greatly accepted for the charity which takes its name from the lyrics of the Proclaimers hit, ‘I would walk 500 miles.’
The charity was founded in Scotland in 2008 by former lawyer Olivia Giles, a quadruple amputee.
The charity helps people in Africa to walk again and has two centres in Malawi, in the hospital grounds of Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe and at Mzuzu Central Hospital, where it provides prosthetic and orthotic services, in cooperation with the Malawian Ministry of Health. The long term success of 500 Miles projects in Africa, depends on the charity ensuring that there are sufficient well-trained Malawian, Zambian and Zanzibari prosthetists and orthotists to provide a high quality of service. The manufacture of the prosthetic and orthotic devices, uses polypropylene technology. Olivia Giles lost all four of her limbs after being struck down by Meningitis. Olivia is extremely aware of how important being independent is for people with mobility difficulties and gives them a chance to live independent lives, through the work of the charity which she founded.