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Montgomery to hold PET meeting
The worldwide need to help people who are unable to walk because of leg deformities, injuries or amputations is estimated to be 15 to 20 million people, more than a third of whom live in Third World countries.
Thanks to a new cart, called a PET, these peoples’ lives are transformed by their new mobile ability. The acronym PET comes from the name “Personal Energy Transportation”. A PET is a 3-wheeled, hand-cranked, sturdily built wheel chair with hauling capacity; it will go where an ordinary wheel chair will not go, and it’s designed for the Third World where the roads and trails are bad and rough and the people need to haul things.
In Minnesota, PET MN – Twin Cities is made up of a small number of MN people who have been introduced to the PET Project over the years. They recently completed all the training and organizational requirements to become an affiliate of PET International–a non-profit organization to produce the complete PET vehicle.
John Grimm contacted Jim Conn who heads the PET MN affiliate about holding a meeting in Montgomery with the hopes of being able to use some of Montgomery’s local talent to help build PET carts, or at least parts of the carts.
PET MN - Twin Cities’ goals are a simple way to change the world:
1. To provide mobility to those outside of the U.S. who are most in need of it.
2. To provide meaningful activity for volunteers (and especially retirees), who wish to meet this need.
Conn said the meeting in Montgomery is aimed to generate as much interest as possible in the project and to possibly establish another affiliate in Minnesota.
He added another part of the meeting will be the showing of a 12-minute video that will show the dramatic effect a PET makes to its recipient.
“The video speaks much more eloquently the need and dramatic change the cart makes in a person’s life,” Conn said.