Help me start my business building affordable walkers for kids with disabilities! :)
It began when we were searching the web for a "walker" for our disabled daughter, Erin, who so desperately wanted to walk, yet needed assistance to do so. She has a fairly rare genetic disorder called Dup15q which is a partial duplication of the 15th chromosome. What is Dup15q?
Queue Google search engine! In my research it wasn't long before I discovered that walking devices for kids can be pretty darn pricey!
Queue garage DIY! I drew up some sketches and began a foray into industrial design. I tried various materials and was eventually educated in the many uses of PVC pipe! Thus began a few years of designing and building PVC walkers for Erin.
People have seen Erin in videos on Facebook, scooting around in her nifty blue & charcoal walker, making her legs and core stronger, and above all, giving her freedom! Being able to walk has allowed her to roam around the house, unaccompanied, and enriching her life.
I've since built walkers for other kids who, like Erin also have conditions that have resulted in the inability to walk unassisted. Their conditions include cerebral palsy, GDD (global development delay) and brain damage from birth, but what they all have in common is the desire to roam the world! :)
I'm receiving requests from families, schools and organisations to make walkers for them, so I have decided to put more time, R&D and resources into making this into a small business to make and supply affordable walkers all over Africa, and who knows, maybe all over the world!
I want to raise funds so that I can set up my garage with the right tools and materials to build more walkers, and to build them faster. I want to be able to donate walkers to families and sample walkers to schools. I have a potential order for 80 walkers in a rural environment so I need to train up an apprentice and pay this person's wages. Furthermore, I need to invest time and resources into new walker designs. I have an Indoor Walker, and I'm presently sourcing materials for a Beach Walker and an All-terrain Walker!
Donations can be done in ZAR via this platform, or through PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/DerekBoshard
I will post regular updates and videos to showcase the walkers and the progress with my little business. Here's some superhero inspiration...!!