UAFS Rotaract members are headed to Mexico, March 1-5, 2018, to help assemble and distribute wheelchairs to children who are physically disabled. Five COB members of the group, along with their faculty advisor and other area Rotarians, will travel with the American Wheelchair Mission to Aguascalientes, Mexico to experience firsthand how service can change the lives of children for the better.
Group advisor, Karin Hickenbotham, said, “This is a practical way for our students to be involved in a project that will make a real and positive change in people’s lives.”
The group launched a campaign on January 10 to raise $1,200 to purchase wheelchairs. The campaign was called “Be the Person Who Moves People” and used the university-sponsored website, ignitecx.com, to accept donations.
Hickenbotham said the project exceeded its goal within three weeks of launch, but that the group will continue to accept donations through the end of February. She noted that each chair costs $150.
COB student Rotaract members planning to make the trip to Mexico include:
- Samantha Goble, President, College of Business
- Taylor Wewers, Vice President, College of Business
- Jackeline Henriquez, Secretary/Treasurer, College of Business
- Cindy Chen, Director of Events/Communication, College of Business
- Alex Taylor, College of Business
Rotaract is the collegiate-level program of Rotary International. The chapter members commit to live by the motto "Service Above Self" through helping those in need, both locally and around the world. The student organization is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fort Smith.
The UAFS group has approximately 40 members and is engaged different projects throughout the year. Currently, service events planned for the year, including cooking and serving dinner at the Fort Smith Salvation Army, serving dinner to area foster care families, and volunteering at local charity events.
 The American Wheelchair Mission is a non-profit organization with a goal to deliver new, free wheelchairs and mobility aids to physically disabled children, teens and adults throughout the world who are without mobility or the means to acquire a wheelchair. It is estimated that more than 100 million people throughout the world are in need of a wheelchair but cannot afford one.