Kirsten Andersen and Lena Pedersen, both members of Inner Wheel Denmark accompanied by their spouses will travel to Thailand to hand over a donation of 800,000 baht, recieved from the long-standing ‘Can Ring’ project to Prostheses Foundation in Chiangmai on Jan 29.
The donation has been brought about mostly by members of Inner Wheel and five other Danish service organizations all working with humanitarian and caritative projects.
Inner Wheel has put together a campaign to help Prostheses Foundation collect aluminuim can rings for the manufacture of artificial legs since 2002.
“We used to deliver the rings to Thailand with my company’s shipping trailers,” said Kirsten Andersen, a former president at Inner Wheel who initiated the project.
“But since, my husband and I are retired, we don’t have the transportation anymore. So, we decided to wait and collect a huge amount of rings and sell it and bring the money here ourselves.”
Through the year 2012 more than 12 tons – 12.000 kg – were sold in Denmark and Norway. The number worth nearly 800,000 baht.
“We waited for the donation to reach 120,000 Danish krone (600,000 baht) luckily we’ve got a lot more,” Andersen told ScandAsia.
This is Anderson’s 10th visit to Thailand since the project took off. The four Danes will fly to meet the Foundation board in Chiangmai on Monday.