Colours Wheelchairs & UCP Wheels for Humanity - Continuing the Partnership in Ukraine

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Victor Konovalov from Colours Wheelchair and UCP Wheels volunteer team members CRTS Tom Bond and OT Eva Ma worked with Ruslan Kudrynsky, Chairman of the Chernivtsi City Charitable Fund and U.S. partner California Association to Aid Ukraine (CAAU). Also the founder of UCP Wheels for Humanity David Richards was once again showing his passion and leadership qualities.

Colours Wheelchair & UCP Wheels for Humanity - Continuing the partnership in Ukraine.

"Mission accomplished!" states Colours Ambassador Victor Konovalov upon returning from Ukraine after a ten day seating clinic with UCP Wheels for Humanity. A fulfilling adventure; An important mission. However it is described, Victor Konovalov and Colours have once again supported the organization's international mission to provide dignity through mobility.

For Victor, the adventure was "an eye opener" and offered a new appreciation for what some of us have, what others don't, and how the UCP Wheels volunteer team made a difference in the lives of complete strangers.

Victor and UCP Wheels volunteer team members CRTS Tom Bond and OT Eva Ma worked with Ruslan Kudrynsky, Chairman of the Chernivtsi City Charitable Fund and U.S. partner California Association to Aid Ukraine (CAAU).

"These teams showed complete commitment and resolve to make a positive difference in the quality of life for the people of Chernivtsi. They worked tirelessly with passion and empathy for the men, women and children whose lives are subjected to difficulty because of their personal physical condition and because of their challenging environment, that is in no way even close to the standards that we have here in the U.S."

Even as a healthy and physically fit individual, Victor found the areas he visited to be challenging …and exhausting at times.

"Perhaps because I'm spoiled because I've grown accustom to U.S. standards, but these Ukraine citizens, tenacious as they are, have to deal with inaccessibility issues and lack of proper equipment on a daily basis. They are struggling with their outdated and ineffective rehab equipment or simply doing without. Providing them with lighter, smaller, newer, and more effective equipment made their lives so much better. How do I know? They expressed gratitude, and you should have seen the smiles when they received their equipment!"

However, even greater than this was the "human factor" Victor experienced. "There's a special quality that manifests when helping someone and doing it with passion and empathy. The skill and focus with which these team members exhibited was not only very evident and instructional, but also, inspiring and heart warming. Feeling this sense of dedication to help made a huge impact upon everyone, including me! You saw it and felt it!"

Looking back on his travels, Victor recounts his experience of getting on and off all the planes and throughout our stay in Ukraine.
"My team had my back all the way and made sure that throughout this distribution my use of a wheelchair wasn't problematic." This reassurance gave Victor a sense of comfort. This same compassion was exercised with all the individuals the team worked with in Chernivtsi.

"I know that the 170 wheelchairs and ambulatory aid we provided was a gift that these Ukrainian people would most cherish."

To support UCP Wheels for Humanity, go to http://www.ucpwfh.org or call 818 255-0100.

To contact Victor at Colours Wheelchair http://www.colourswheelchair.com or call 951-808-9131.

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