Promoting Disability Rights – Hope On Wheels

Participants wheel through the Hope On Wheels course.

Ambassador Robert F. Godec and his wife Lori Magnusson joined over 2000 people on October 1st, to promote disability rights and bring awareness to the difficult struggles people with disabilities face every day.  Hope On Wheels was organized by the Kenyan Paraplegic Organization (KPO) and the National Council for Persons With Disabilites (NCPWDS).  This was the 11th annual Hope On Wheels walk, and the event involved completing a route around Central Park.  Kenyans from all over participated by using wheelchairs, crutches, walking and even dancing to the finish line!  In-line skaters and the Kenya Police Band lead the way, performing on the entire route.  Once the race finished, participants and supporters enjoyed music and dancing and there were sports and games, as well.

The United States supports the efforts of KPO and NCPWDS to remove barriers and create a world in which disabled people enjoy dignity and full inclusion. The theme for this year’s walk was ‘There is Life After Spinal Injury’, but supporting the walk promoted the importance of ending discrimination to people with any disability.

Ambassador Godec spoke at the event finish line saying, “Everyone who walked- you are powerful, you are beautiful.  Believe in yourselves and believe in possibilities.”  KPO Founding Member Honorable Tim Wanyoyi and First Lady of Nairobi County Dr. Susan Mboya Kidero joined the Ambassador for the inspiring event, praising all the participates for their support and honoring the people with disabilities for their strength.