University of Pittsburgh
February 11, 2010

Pitt Graduate School of Public Health, Global Links Collecting Unused Crutches, Walkers, and Wheelchairs for Haiti Earthquake Victims

Items can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 3 and 4
Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH-Amputations and other devastating injuries resulting from the earthquake in Haiti have created an enormous need for mobility-assist devices, and the University of Pittsburgh and Global Links are teaming up to collect crutches, canes, walkers, and wheelchairs to aid the victims. Mobility-assist devices can be dropped off on Wednesday and Thursday, March 3 and 4, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fifth Avenue entrance to the Graduate School of Public Health's (GSPH) Parran Hall, 130 DeSoto St., Oakland.

GSPH faculty, staff, and student volunteers will assist in the collection campaign, titled "Have a Heart for Haiti: Put Your Unused Crutches, Canes, Walkers and Wheels Chairs to Work Today!" The items will be shipped to Haiti by Global Links, a Pittsburgh-based international relief and development organization.

"This is a way that so many of us, regardless of our skills or financial resources, can relieve the suffering of those injured by the earthquake," said Steve Zupcic, assistant director of Pitt's Office of Community Relations.

For more information, contact Zupcic at 412-624-7709 or stz@pitt.edu.

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