The Wild Wheelchairs Project is about inspiring people to achieve their goals irrespective of the obstacles that are put in front of them.
Our first project is focused on Ethiopia. We will undertake an expedition in 2019 in which two amputees will ascend Ethiopia’s tallest mountain, Ras Dashen (4,550m). Quadruple Amputee and motivational speaker Alex Lewis (www.alex-lewis.co.uk) and Emebet Ale Dires (Ethiopia) will be climbing Ras Dashen along with the other key members of the Wild Wheelchairs team.
Update – Conquering Ethiopia’s highest mountain
It has now been 2 years since the “Wild Wheelchairs Project” was set up.
The project featured recently on the BBC (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBOJhuRpoyI) and we have also featured on BBC 1, ITV etc (see videos on the you tube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZudflHSEczMLWLeIuA7HOQ?view_as=subscriber)
The wheelchairs factory is up and running and producing wheelchairs in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
In October 19 we undertook the 14 day expedition to ascend Ras Dashen – where we were successful in reaching the summit on 6th October – you can read a blog of the expedition on www.wildwheelchairs.com as well as at https://www.tesfatours.com/wild-wheelchairs-into-the-simiens-the-ascent-of-ras-dashen/
In the expedition team was Winchester Hospital’s Intensive care specialist Dr Geoff Watson, who had saved Alex’s life 6 years ago and was the one to help him up the final stretch to the summit.
In addition we used a specially designed solar powered battery assisted Handcycle to allow Alex and the other amputee taking part in the expedition (20 year old Emebet, who has no legs) to transport themselves through the foothills upto below the summit of the mountain. This Handcycle was developed by a team of Masters students from the University of Southampton and one of them (Tom Parker) accompanied us on the expedition along with Dr Dave Marshall from the University Staff
The project has also involved the design and construction of two special solar powered off road handcycles, which will be needed for Alex and Emebet to get up the mountain. The handcycles were developed and built by a team of Masters engineering students from The University of Southampton.
We are raising money to finance the construction of wheelchair manufacturing facilities in Ethiopia, which will transform the lives of hundred of disable people living there. The project will be filmed by Director Simon Ratigan. We aim to produce a documentary of what is achieved.
For further information, please contact Nadine Collinson 07714 245335 or visit www.wildwheelchairs.co.uk