Spotlight on MeDiCT - winning charity of our one-millionth donation on BT MyDonate
In April MyDonate reached a major milestone when the one-millionth donation was made using the online fundraising service. And, as promised, MyDonate gave £250 to the charity who received this donation, the Mexican Disabled Children’s Trust (MeDiCT).
MyDonate caught up with Sarah Davies, founder and trustee of MeDiCT, to find out more about this small charitable trust and how funds raised through MyDonate’s free fundraising services are helping to transform the lives of underprivileged children with disabilities in Mexico.
Training is fundamental
At the heart of MeDiCT lies the training given to doctors, therapists and other professionals who work with youngsters with disabilities in Mexico, primarily Nuevo Amanecer (INA) in Monterrey.
Sarah says: “Good training in all aspects of treatment, management and education of children with special needs is really underdeveloped in Mexico, and by working so intensively with such a receptive place as INA we’re making a difference in many cities.“
INA shares its expertise with other centres and has the knowledge and skills to make the specialist equipment the children need.
Sarah explains why the charity chose MyDonate for fundraising: “We’ve always been determined that all of the money donated goes directly to helping disabled children in Mexico. It’s a very easy site to use and an admirable cause for BT to do this and support so many UK charities.”
MyDonate’s £250 gift for the millionth donation will help a specific project in Puerto Vallarta that supports the work of English physiotherapist, Laura Brown who is working out there as a volunteer.
The funds will go towards the establishment of a postural management clinic in Puerta Vallarta - similar to the one MeDiCT established in Monterrey ten years ago - and will enable the provision of special wheelchairs and adaptations that are essential for disabled children.
Have a look at a short video on MeDiCT’s website and meet Kevin, a bright young man who can’t communicate or propel himself in a manual wheelchair, now has an electric wheelchair donated by MeDiCT and uses a laptop, also given by MeDiCT, to communicate.