Staff at UCP Wheels (UCPW) were delighted to welcome two dynamic young fundraisers for a tour of the non-profit organization’s headquarters in Los Angeles last month.
Gabrielle Matthews and Jenny Bobillo, both 14, visited UCPW following a donation of $2 thousand dollars to the organization. They raised the money through bake sales, babysitting and a Go Fund Me page, as part of a ‘Genius Project’ at St. Mel School in Woodland Hills, CA.
“The Genius Project gives us one hour a week to work on any project we want,” explained Gabrielle. “We decided to raise as much money for charity as we could.”
After researching charitable organizations across Los Angeles, Gabrielle and Jenny decided to donate to UCP Wheels for Humanity, “because when people think about donating to charity they think about donating food or money, but they don’t think about things like wheelchairs,” said Jenny. “I researched why people need wheelchairs and the challenges they face.”
“I did research on how people with disabilities have a hard time making a living,” added Gabrielle. “It’s much harder for people with disabilities to get a job. That isn’t fair.”
Commenting on the girls’ fundraising efforts and their decision to donate to UCP Wheels, Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ronald Cohen said, “Gabrielle and Jenny have changed lives with this donation, which will provide appropriately-fitted wheelchairs for people in need. We are extremely grateful for their commitment to helping people with disabilities, and they should be extremely proud of what they have achieved.”