The UK ambassador to Moldova, Phil Batson and Victoria Dunford at the wheelchair handover.
THE Isle of Wight-based charity MAD-Aid has masterminded delivery of wheelchairs to 170 families of children with disabilities.
The pre-Christmas gift of mobility to 70 families was delivered to Balti in Northern Moldova in an operation masterminded by MAD-Aid founder-director Victoria Dunford, from Cambridge Road, East Cowes.
The event was mainly supported and co-ordinated by MAD-Aid’s local partner Moldova AID.
The UK’s Moldovan ambassador, the Moldovan minister of labour, social protection and family, and the minister of health were all present. Victoria said: "The day was unforgettable, emotional and very touching.
"There was joy on the children’s faces and on their parents’ faces especially. Their little eyes lit up when they received their presents as well — bags of food, toys, sweets and personal hygiene items.
"Some of the children have not been able to leave their homes for a long time through their lack of mobility.
"It was three short hours in the day but the children’s reactions spoke volumes. These children have potential, these children are needed and they are part of society. For them to be fully valued and recognised needs a big change in the attitude of society."
She said 40 chairs have been donated to another non-governmental organisation that works with people with disabilities and 60 more will be delivered in next few weeks.
"Soon our wheelchair campaign will have changed hundreds of lives," she said.
MAD-Aid was founded by Moldovan-born Victoria to distribute NHS equipment which is redundant in this country but can have a life-changing new use in Moldova.