A new charity is to launched in East Cowes, in aid of disabled children from Moldova.
The organisation is hoping to convert a former medical centre in the north of Moldova, which borders Romania in Eastern Europe, into a rehabilitation and respite centre.
Called MAD-Aid, which stands both for ‘Medical Aid Delivered’ and ‘Make a Difference’, it aims to help children who find themselves housebound and unable to go to school because they have no mobility aids.
MAD-Aid will launch on 1 September at East Cowes Town Hall and the UK's Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova Iulian Fruntasu will be among those attending.
The charity’s main founder, Victoria Dunford, was born and raised in Moldova. She says, "Living in the 21st century, it is hard to believe that Moldova has no facilities for its 178,984 disabled people. Disabled children in rural areas have no access to the education system because they have no mobility aids.
"Public transport has no disabled access or facilities. The society is still very much behind the times. These people are the same as us, just much less fortunate, and we are here to try to help as much as we can."
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