BENEFITING: JONI AND FRIENDS
There is about one month until my 23rd birthday, this year from my 23rd birthday I am challenging myself to raise $2300 for the Joni and Friends International Disability Center. The reason I have chosen this charity is due to the impact it makes on people around the world. I myself have been subject to the immense costs of dealing with a disability in which I require a wheelchair. There are a lot of people in this world who do not have access to the types of programs we have here in Ontario to cover such costs. Joni and Friends makes it possible for people who do not have the kind of support I had be able to receive a wheelchair in order to get around. God has been in my life and makes me find comfort in things on a regular basis.
Here is information about Joni and Friends:
In developing nations worldwide, people with disabilities often live isolated and alone in their homes. No wheelchair also means no schooling, no interaction with other children, and little contact with the outside world. Our Wheels for the World teams are gearing up to deliver 6,070 wheelchairs and Bibles to disabled children and adults in 2014! Wherever disabled people suffer the most, that’s where we’ll go. But we need your help.Breakout
Joni and Friends was established in 1979 by Joni Eareckson Tada, who at 17 was injured in a diving accident, leaving her a quadriplegic. Since its inception, Joni and Friends has been dedicated to extending the love and message of Christ to people who are affected by disability whether it is the disabled person, a family member, or friend. Our objective is to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of this group of people in practical ways. Joni and Friends is committed to recruiting, training, and motivating new generations of people with disabilities to become leaders in their churches and communities.
Today, the Joni and Friends International Disability Center serves as the administrative hub for an array of programs which provide outreach to thousands of families affected by disability around the globe. These include two radio programs, an award winning television series, the Wheels for the World international wheelchair distribution ministry, Family Retreats which provide respite for those with disabilities and their families, Field Services to provide church training along with educational and inspirational resources at a local level, and the Christian Institute on Disability to establish a firm biblical worldview on disability-related issue.
From local neighborhoods to the far reaches of the world, Joni and Friends is striving to demonstrate to people affected by disability, in tangible ways, that God has not abandoned them – He is with them – providing love, hope, and eternal salvation.