“There is a beautiful harmony to God´s Providence, wherein
your boys used their legs (by climbing) to provide for
a man who couldn´t use his own.”
Jay Dardis, who leads
the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Conquest Club, said a local representative
from Catholic Charities, Kayla Moscona, said this to him after
his Conquest members raised $1,600 in a “Climbathon” event to
purchase a wheelchair for Mr. Saw Noung Than. Mr. Than,
who is from Burma, suffers from paralysis on his left
side, and needs a wheelchair for mobility.
Among other activities at
an overnight event at a local Laser Tag facility, the
Conquest members completed a quota of climbs on a rock-climbing
wall for pledges made toward the purchase of the wheelchair.
One of the parents who served as a chaperone said,
"This is what I was thinking at 2:30 am. They
were a little delirious, but were bonking each other with
the dodge balls and laughing constantly. What great memories they
will have of how much fun you can have helping
out someone else."
Mr. Than joined the Conquest members to
receive his new wheelchair at the same facility where they
held the Climb-a-thon. His Catholic Charities case worker translated Mr.
Than´s words to them.
“He was all smiles as he
tried it out for the first time,” said Jay. “Now
he can get around his house (and beyond) without any
help, and he´s thrilled.”
Jay said the wheelchair cost a bit
more than the group expected. “But in God´s surprising ways
we were able to afford it due to an additional
donation from an anonymous Catholic Charities donor.”
|Saw Noung Than thanks Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Conquest Club for his new wheelchair.|