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Rotary’s ‘Wheels for Wheels’ raises more than $25,000

By Staff | Apr 24, 2019
PHOTO PROVIDED Roger Grogman, Steve Agis, John Danner and John Henshaw.
PHOTO PROVIDED Rotarian Joleen Raho
PHOTO PROVIDED Rotarian Richard Green

On March 23, the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club’s inaugural “Wheels for Wheels” fundraiser raised over $25,000 to pay for 2,500 wheelchairs in coordination with the Wheelchair Foundation of Florida.

Each dollar raised will go directly for the purchasing and shipping of two containers of wheelchairs slated for distribution in the Bahamas by Rotarians and the foundation this coming year.

The event was the brainchild of Rotarians Roger Grogman and John Henshaw and was inspired by a similar fundraiser held five years ago by Rotarian John Danner. Held on Sanibel and Captiva, “Wheels for Wheels” was open only to Rotarians. Participating cyclists obtained pledge commitments for each mile they rode. The cyclists kept track of their miles and were responsible for collecting the pledges.

Over 25 riders signed up with the start times, starting point locations and routes at the discretion of each cyclist. One Rotarian, Joleen Raho, took to the road at 4 a.m. and ended her ride just before noon. She rode 100 miles cycling challenge and earned the highest pledge dollars for miles ridden, $2,600.