Willikies resident Leroy “Flasher” Kirby, on Thursday, received the gift of a motorised wheelchair from President of the Thomas Centre for Human Development Inc, Dr Oswald Thomas. The presentation was made by Derrick Nicholas, who is the local representative for The Bronx, New York-based organisation.
Kirby lost one leg four years ago, which has restricted his movement, rendering him dependent on others to take him around, as well as do simple tasks around the house.
Speaking ahead of the presentation Dr Thomas said, “We hope that by providing you with this motorised wheelchair, it will allow you to move freely and become more independent and less dependent on others.”
The Thomas Centre for Human Development Inc was founded by Dr Thomas 15 years ago with the specific purpose of providing relief to the poor, distressed and underprivileged and for the promotion of the public good by offering programmes that lessen neighborhood tension, eliminate prejudice and discrimination.
The Thomas Centre for Human Development Inc. is also committed to combating community deterioration and the furtherance of charitable, educational and human service.
Besides Kirby, a second person has already been identified for assistance by the motorised wheelchair programme.