Permobil Cares Celebrates First Anniversary

A year ago at the International Seating Symposium in Nashville, Tenn., Permobil launched Permobil Cares, a non-profit organization to support users of complex seating and wheeled mobility technology.

In the last 365 days, the foundation has helped a total of 365 non-profit organizations and individual users.

Now, to celebrate its first birthday, Permobil Cares has announced a social media campaign called Impact 365. Its goal: to raise additional funding, as well as awareness of Permobil's philanthropic arm.

In a news announcement, the Permobil Cares board of directors said it would match donations made in March as part of the Impact 365 campaign. Ultimately, the board is hoping that the Impact 365 program will help the foundation to double the number of organizations and individuals it can support this year.

Larry Jackson, president of Permobil North America, said of the milestone, "This is a very exciting time for us at Permobil. Permobil's founder, Per Uddén, built the company with one belief: that every person has the right to mobility and independence. That same belief is as strong today as it was on day one. With the help of the Permobil Foundation, we are enhancing these efforts and building impactful relationships with our customers and non-profit partners to fulfill a life of independence."

The foundation's efforts so far have included sponsoring fundraising events, building accessible playgrounds, donating complex rehab technology equipment and volunteering in local communities.

Permobil Cares is funded by sales of Permobil, TiLite, ROHO, Comfort Company and Max Mobility products, in addition to corporate donations, fundraising events and individual donations.

The foundation's executive director, Ashley Davis, said, "Working for Permobil, you see the passion that goes into building each of our incredible products that fit the customer's needs. During the past year, I have been able to hear and see so many stories on how we have impacted lives and brought mobility, hope and independence to others. This is why our tagline, 'It's a Work of Heart,' is so fitting."

To make a donation, text "permobil" to 243725.

About the Author

Laurie Watanabe is the editor of Mobility Management. She can be reached at lwatanabe@1105media.com.

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