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Wheelchairs to help locals see Expo

THE Wheelchair Foundation will donate 2,010 wheelchairs to local neighborhoods to help the disabled visit the 2010 World Expo, officials yesterday.

Anyone who needs a wheelchair can borrow one from the neighborhood committee for free during the Expo, the global charity said.

The project aimed to allow more disabled people and seniors to have the same opportunity as everybody else to see the Expo, officials said.

Also yesterday, city Mayor Han Zheng met Kenneth E. Behring, the foundation's founder and chairman, and expressed his appreciation for the foundation's long-term contribution to the city's disabled people.

The foundation has donated more than 260,000 wheelchairs to the city.

Last year Behring was made an honorary citizen of Shanghai, the highest title awarded by the municipality to foreigners who make an outstanding contribution to the city's development.


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