We recently spoke to Gary about his wedding day and what his support for HI means to him.
When we decided to get married, Sonja and I combined two homes into one, so we ended up with double of everything. The last thing we wanted was another toaster or a kettle so we decided we would ask for donations instead of wedding presents.
How did you find out about HI?
Sonja had worked across South America so we wanted something that would benefit people in South America. Secondly, due to my disability and being in a wheelchair most of the time we wanted donations to go to a charity working with disabled people. That was our starting point.
We looked on the internet and researched various NGOs to see what they did. We contacted four charities by phone and after speaking to HI UK, one of the things that stood out was the emphasis they put on rehabilitation. None of the other charities that we considered provided rehabilitation.
We knew we wanted to support activities in South America and found out from HI that Colombia has some of the worst contamination by landmines anywhere in the world. These weapons are a significant cause of disability and young people are often affected.