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MobilityView – Rock with Flying Blind to Support Hope Haven


Hope Haven West
By Chris Murphy

Even tough COVID ravaged our planet over the last few months, it didn’t change the fact that there are people in disadvantaged areas that have no mobility. Being disabled, without the use of arms or legs can be a death sentence in many countries. For the last couple of decades, Hope Haven West has been the source, and in many cases, the only source, of mobility for many in Mexico, Central and South America as well as Vietnam and Mongolia.

This local charity collects, refurbishes and delivers wheelchairs all over the world. 100% of what is donated goes directly to the refurbishing and delivery of wheelchairs. We caught up with Lonny Davis, the ever so energetic leader of Hope Haven West and asked him what is happening, now that we are getting a break in this pandemic.

“Finally these countries are opening up, but the need has just grown so much more. We are preparing containers of wheel chairs and many have been delivered to our partner organizations in Mexico. There is still a huge need for more chairs, and more volunteers to do chair seatings and distribution”, explains Lonny.

“Throughout the pandemic, we continued to collect chairs and people like Rotarians Don Murphy and Nick Mascatelli have been super-human in their ability to get these chairs refurbished with limited volunteers and also organize the delivery of collected chairs to refurbishing groups and taking delivery of the “Hope Haven Chair”, he continues.

I have been on one of these distributions in Mongolia and everything Lonny explains is so very important where the need is so great and a wheel chair will change a life. The coordination of the local volunteers, the connections with international Rotary clubs, customs brokers, storage and delivery, it is amazing and so vital. Please check out Hope Haven and maybe we will see you on a future distribution or buy a ticket to Lonny Davis’ birthday bash with Flying Blind at the State Theatre on September 11. All proceeds of this event go directly to Hope Haven. www.hopehavenwest.com

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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.