Ugandan Priest Rides RoughRider Back to his Duties

July 16, 2013

Father Thomas outside a classroom at Sacred Heart Seminary in Mubende, Uganda. For nearly 30 years, Whirlwind has been dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities in the developing world. We recently received an update from Father Thomas Gabula, a Catholic Priest in Uganda, and avid user of the RoughRider. In October 2009, barely…

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WALTER Wins RESNA’s Student Design Competition

July 11, 2013

Christian Bremer and Erik Ohlson, Master’s students in Industrial Design Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg Sweden, spent four weeks last fall in Whirlwind’s workshop at San Francisco State University with our technical team. As part of their Master’s thesis, Christian and Erik developed Walter – a rigid frame wheelchair for developing countries…

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Push to the Finish and Whirlwind help Joe to Go, Go, Go…

July 3, 2013

According to Joe Briskey’s mom, “Joe loves to go, go, go, constantly begging to go bowling, or fishing, or out to dinner.” With the help of Push to the Finish and Riverton High School’s fundraising efforts, Joe and four others received new wheels that allowed them go, go, go in the Strawberry Days 5K.  Each…

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Sri at TEDx Ubud

July 1, 2013

Back this spring we let you know Sri Lestari was going to travel from Jakarta to Ubud on her modified motorbike for made it to TEDx Ubud.  Sri just shared with us the video of her time at TEDx.

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Whirlwind Wheelchair Hosts ISO Wheelchair Working Group Meetings

May 31, 2013

Double Drum Test of an early RoughRider Whirlwind is hosting the International Organization for Standards – ISO – (wheelchairs) Working Group Meetings from June 3 throug June 7, 2013 at San Francisco State University.  The Working Groups comprise representatives of industry and consumer groups who work to develop and design manufacturing standards for manual and power…

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Elementary Students Raise over $5,000 for Whirlwind in Wheels of Hope Activity

May 14, 2013

Fourth grade students selling sundaes to raise funds for their Wheels of Hope project for Whirlwind Wheelchair Fourth grade students selling sundaes to raise funds for their Wheels of Hope project for Whirlwind Wheelchair. In fall 2012, 100 fourth grade students from Indian Ridge Elementary School in the Cherry Creek school district of metro Denver, Colorado…

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Sri Lestari Is Off to TEDx Ubud

May 8, 2013


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Traveler’s Program Update

April 23, 2013

Fatuma before and after receiving her new RoughRider Wheelchair in Masake, Uganda We recently received this post from Craig Pierson on Facebook “This Summer a group of us went to Masaka, Uganda to build a playground at Jireh Children’s Center. While there we met Fatuma. As you can see her wheelchair was in pretty rough…

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Will Sri Lestari Reach TEDx Ubud on Her Modified Motorbike?

April 2, 2013

Last week we shared a photo of Sri Lestari, a social worker who is employed by a Whirlwind partner, UCP Wheels for Humanity, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.  We found out after our post that she has been asked to speak at the TEDx Ubud conference on June 1st.   Sri is hoping to make her trip to…

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Whirlwind Shifts into High Gear with International Quality Standards

March 26, 2013

With the 2010 Whirlwind RoughRider® on track to reach more than 20,000 riders next year, the process for ensuring that each chair is of the highest quality becomes an even greater challenge. Unlike Whirlwind’s first 25 years, it is no longer cost-competitive for one person to hand-make every RoughRider from start to finish. Now, as…

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