Mobility Worldwide, TX-Austin

Reflecting the love of God by bringing the gift of mobility and dignity to those in developing countries who are unable to walk.

Our Mobility Cart (PET®) is a three-wheeled, off-road wheelchair, operated by hand power. Built by a faith-based, non-profit, volunteer organization, mobility carts are delivered at no cost to people in developing countries who have lost the use of their legs.

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helps lift crawling people up out of the dirt.

$300.00 builds a Cart

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Remember to shop at AmazonSmile when you do your online shopping year round.  If you are not already registered, go to www.smile.amazon.com and log in just like you do with you regular Amazon account.  At the top of the page click on 'Supporting:'.  Search for 'Personal Energy Transportation of Austin'.  Every quarter PET-Austin get .05% of our supporters purchases from the AmazonSmile Foundation.

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Combined Federal Campaign

PET International is an authorized charity for the annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The CFC is similar to the United Way in that all US Governmental employees (civilian and military, current or retired) can easily make contributions designated to specific charities or shared across all charities listed in the CFC. Please forward this news to your Federal Governmental friends and ask they consider designating PET International (CFC #38749) as one of their charities of choice.

 

Celebrate 50,000th PET Built

PET International announces the production of the 50,000th PET (Personal Energy Transportation) cart. This milestone was reached by the combined efforts of 21 PET Affiliates established in the United States and another in Zambia. PET carts are hand cranked 3-wheel vehicles, an "all-terrain" wheelchair.

Crawling to PETs smlWorld Health Organization cites over 21 Million people are leg disabled due to diseases, casualties, and birth defects. PET Mobility Project started in 1994 when retired Methodist minister Mel West and two friends, a missionary in Africa (Larry Hill) saw the need, and an engineer (Earl Miner) designed a cart to meet that need. West began production of the first carts in his garage in Columbia Missouri. From that, the volunteer organization has grown to 22 shops across the world. West said, "We have not served only 50,000 persons. Also served have been their family and caretakers, and communities."

In 2004 PET International came into being as the umbrella organization to distribute PET carts, coordinate PET affiliate production sites, and communicate the need for PET carts. PI Director of Operations Von Driggs, stationed in Lindale Texas, coordinates the distribution of the carts in over 100 developing nations. Over 50 distribution partners assist with shipping containers of PET carts and identify those who will receive the carts in-country. Driggs said "There is no cost to the recipient – we reflect the love of God by giving them the gift of mobility."

Each PET affiliate shop started with an inspired individual or group of volunteers and a desire to help others. They organized their facility, recruited volunteers, raised funds for operations and supplies, and received training on how to build a PET cart. A standard design, continually being improved and coordinated by PET International, provides the design for the cart.

PET-Austin (www.petaustin.org) started in 2008 as the 15th PET affiliate. Since that time, PET-Austin has produced and shipped over 500 PET carts.

The 50,000 milestone represents the donations of thousands of PET Mobility Project supporters across the world. Each affiliate raises funds for their shop through fundraising events and donations from hundreds of supporters. Over the years, organizations such as United Methodist Men, Lion's Club, Rotary, and Kiwanis have adopted the PET mobility cause and provided money as well as manpower to build PET carts.

The 50,000 PET carts made also represent thousands of volunteers working at the 22 PET Affiliates, an estimated 600,000 hours of time volunteered, and over $12.5 million to build them.

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"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."

Matthew 25:40

Our Progress

PET Austin has delivered PETs to:

  1. Haiti
  2. Honduras
  3. Mexico
  4. Nicaragua
  5. Ukraine
  6. India
  7. Uganda
  8. Peru
  9. Nigeria

Help give the Gift of Mobility to someone in need!

Building and boxing PETs

Volunteers and donataions needed

Items Needed:

Clean soup can size cans

Shoebox size boxes

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New-Green Check out our new menu item "News".  There you will find news about our shop as well as the latest copy of the PET International Mini-Newsletter.