Fundraiser night for new amputee clinic
A night of entertainment is to be held next month to raise funds to help set up the island’s first clinic for amputees.
LaKiesha Wolffe said her charity, A New Life, also hoped that the clinic would be able to start construction of high-tech replacement limbs.
She said Bermuda had recorded 430 amputations in the last eight years, 72 in 2017 alone, which had left people missing anything from limbs to fingers and ears.
Ms Wolffe added: “That’s just amputations done in Bermuda. It’s not considering people that have had to go overseas — I am one of those numbers.”
The accessibility consultant and activist, who lost her left leg in a motorcycle crash in 2013 that almost killed her, said the 2010 census revealed the island had more than 2,500 people with some type of physical disability.
Ms Wolffe said: “All proceeds from the event will go to A New Life Prosthetic and Orthotics Care Clinic, opening in January, which will serve as Bermuda’s first and only full-time orthotic facility.
“It will provide full physiotherapy and occupational counselling, life skills management, and bring consultants to the island to work with our extra-special cases.”
She added: “We will also be helping people who need to be represented in human rights cases.”
Ms Wolffe set up A New Life with co-founder Ryan Gibbons, a bartender who lost a leg after a 2008 motorbike crash, to campaign for better treatment for people who have lost limbs.
She said: “I have suffered as a result of amputation and I have gone to school to get certified in social work and helping people with mental health — I can understand how it feels.”
Ms Wolffe added that a specialist clinic would reduce the need for people to travel overseas to get fitted with prostheses — or to have their artificial limbs repaired.
Ms Wolffe praised hospital services such as the fracture clinic, but said the island’s amputees needed “full-time, accessible care”.
The No Limits Talent Extravaganza, to be held on November 1 at the Ruth Seaton James Auditorium at CedarBridge Academy, Devonshire, will be hosted by broadcaster Powergirl Trina.
A cocktail reception will be held at 6pm with the show scheduled to start at 7pm.
The full line-up for the event has yet to be announced, but will range from comedians to dancers, musicians and singers.
• Tickets to the No Limits Talent Extravaganza are $75 for patrons and $60 for general admission. They are available through A New Life at 703-9912 or firstname.lastname@example.org, as well as online at Premier Tickets
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