It’s tax time! If you are looking for a last minute tax deduction that can help make a difference, why not make a donation to Victorian Electric Wheelchair Sports Association? Victorian Electric Wheelchair Sports Association is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission ABN: 54 171 697 981 and in 2000 became endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient.
For over 30 years, VEWSA has provided sporting opportunities to people who use electric wheelchairs for functional mobility. In 1985, National Electric Wheelchair Sports (N.E.W.S) was created. It was the brainchild of Roger Melnyk, who had a type of Muscular Dystrophy and was the Executive Officer of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Victoria. He took his idea to the Muscular Dystrophy Associations of Australia and the sports were developed to give athletes an opportunity to compete for their state. This event has continued ever since.
Despite VEWSA’s important role in providing sporting and recreational opportunities for players with a disability and, our participation in national events, we don’t receive enough financial support to cover our on-going costs. The majority of the costs of participating in the sports are covered by the athletes and their families. For example, specialised sports wheelchairs cost in excess of $10,000 and athletes have to pay for their own way to the National Championships, which equates to an approximate additional expense of ($2,000 for an athlete and his/her carer).
With support from our wonderful sponsors, we are able to cover some of the costs for our athletes but it is not enough. Donations received could be used for much needed sports equipment, modifications to electric wheelchair guards, taking the sports to more areas around Victoria and/or transport to events.
Help us make a difference and create more opportunities for people in electric wheelchairs. Any donation big or small will be greatly appreciated.